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RGH to Aggressively Approach Scabies Outbreak

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Rochester General Hospital is working to contain a small outbreak of scabies, a skin infection with rash and itching symptoms, that is passed on from skin-to-skin contact.

RGH announced Tuesday afternoon it will complete preventative treatment of almost 4,000 clinical staff and 500 current patients over the next few days.

RGH was informed Oct. 15 when a patient who had been treated at the hospital in late September for an unrelated illness was diagnosed with having a severe case of scabies.

The hospital says the patient did not contract the disease while at the hospital.

The New York State health department issued a Scabies Health Advisory to all health care facilities in Western New York. No other hospitals in the region have reported an outbreak in the past six weeks.

RGH says there have been four confirmed and 16 suspected cases, which were properly treated. The

hospital says staff interacting with patients will be wearing gloves and gowns to help reduce the risk of transmission, as it continues to monitor all its staff members and patients.

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