Classes resumed at a technical college in northwest Kansas after a scabies scare closed the campus.
A case was confirmed last Thursday, prompting health officials and the administration to shut down Northwest Kansas Technical College.
More than 250 students, faculty and staff were screened as a result. The local health department calls the situation a "small outbreak."
Donny Terry, Sherman county health administrator, said more cases may developed over the seven to 21-day incubation period. Patients can still obtain treatment at either the County Health Department or the Goodland Family Health Center and should seek healthcare if they have any concerns.
The life span of a scabies mite is 48 to 72 hours without a human host; therefore, by treating those with the mite as soon as possible and closing the college, the school and health officials were able to address the situation before it became widespread.
Symptoms can include a rash area with dry or flaking edges, which might first appear as a small blister along with extreme itching. Typically symptoms will occur one week after exposure; however may not appear for up to 21 days. Symptoms may occur between fingers, at wrist, elbow, and shoulders, between should blades, around breasts, at waistline and in genital areas, at knees, ankles and feet. The scabies mite
is spread by physical contact.
Treatment is a prescription cream that is applied from head to toe after showering, left on for eight to 14 hours and then rinsed off. All clothing, bedding and other cloth surfaces such as mattresses and seats should be washed and dried at hot temperatures or vacuumed. Hard surfaces can be wiped cleaned with disinfectant wipes.