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Scabies cases discovered at North Vista Elementary

Image: Sarcoptes scabiei mites in a skin scraping, stained with lactophenol cotton-blue. Credit: DPDx vis CDC.gov Image: Sarcoptes scabiei mites in a skin scraping, stained with lactophenol cotton-blue. Credit: DPDx vis CDC.gov
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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Several cases of scabies involving children from the same families were reported last week at North Vista Elementary in Florence School District 1.

The children and their family members have seen a doctor, and received treatment, according to a letter sent out on April 17 to parents of North Vista students.

“As an extra precaution, Florence One custodial staff is working to clean and disinfect classrooms to maintain a safe environment for all students,” the letter states.

A news release from April 22 confirms that DHEC was consulted, precautionary measures were activated throughout the school, and the students in question were properly treated by a doctor.

“Since that time, school officials maintain they are confident of the health and safety of all students at North Vista Elementary,” the release states.

Latia McCoy, whose child attends North Vista Elementary School, said she still had some worries when she read the letter.

"It's very concerning to me because it's school. They got to be there and at the same time they could contract something like this, such as scabies," she said.

The Florence Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area was also informed about the cases. 125 of the 230 students who regularly attend the club go to North Vista Elementary.

"Whether it's scabies or a kid having a problem, there's relationships between the principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors, staff here at the club, so there's constant communication," said Neal Zimmerman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area.

Staff at the Boys and Girls Club disinfected the entire building to keep the children safe.

"Do we go to every nook and cranny? Every pool ball a kid touches? We're going to that extreme this time just to try to make sure and take every precaution we can," Zimmerman said.

For more information on scabies symptoms, treatment, and more, visit the DHEC web page on scabies here.

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