DHEC investigating possible scabies at ambulance service
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:33:29 GMT —
The Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating a complaint of possible cases of scabies among workers at an ambulance transport service in the Grand Strand area.
DHEC is aware of at least two cases of physician-diagnosed scabies, according to an email from spokesman Jim Beasley.
The greatest risk for exposure appears to exist among co-workers and not those who have been transported by the service, Beasley said.
Typical scabies infestations are spread by prolonged direct skin-to-skin contact, or through contact with clothing, linens and bedding.
At this time, no diagnosis of scabies has been verified by a lab.
DHEC does not release the names of businesses involved in investigations unless there is a public health threat, which is not the care here, Beasley said.
You can find more information about scabies on the Centers for Disease Control website.