Harrisonville School District warns parents of 2 confirmed cases of scabies


Caption:Scabies mites. Computer artwork of scabies mites (Sarcoptes scabei) burrowing into the skin.

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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — There are at least two cases of scabies inside the Harrisonville School District.

A letter went home to parents of students at Harrisonville High School, located at 1504 East Elm Street, on Friday, warning them of the issue and of the two confirmed cases the school has seen this week. They included a handout with information about the condition.

Scabies is a tiny mite that lives under the skin and can cause an itchy rash. It is spread mainly through frequent or prolonged direct skin-to-skin contact. It can sometimes spread indirectly by sharing articles such as clothing, towels, or bedding used by an infested person.

The best way to prevent it is with good hygiene, and being cautious and aware when around an infected person.

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