Accessed on 07 December 2018, 0505 UTC, 18078.
Reporter: Kristen Consilio.
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Comment: On Thursday, 06 December 2018, the Kona Community Hospital closed most of its patient services because of a scabies outbreak. According to reporter Kristen Consilio, “scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by burrowing mites that cause itching, rash, and lesions.”
Ms. Consilio adds that the hospital discovered the painful condition a few weeks ago:
“Health officials confirmed scabies at the facility Nov. 19 after a number of individuals reported similar symptoms. They would not disclose how many people have been infected by scabies, which can spread quickly from person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact. Officials also wouldn’t comment on the source of the outbreak.
The microscopic mites burrow and lay eggs in the outer layers of the skin and can live there for months if untreated.”
Kona Community Hospital officials will release more information on Friday, 07 December 2018.
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