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      DHEC investigating possible scabies at ambulance service


      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.

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