Several cases of the skin rash Scabies have been reported at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard.
In a letter sent home to parents on Oct. 31, the school addressed concerns of skin rashes in both students and their families. At least 20 of the skin rashes have been identified as Scabies.
After the first three reported cases, the school contacted the department of public health. Any student with symptoms will be sent home and cannot return to school without a doctor's note. It is not know if any students currently have symptoms.
Scabies is a severe itchy skin rash that is caused by mites that burrow in the skin. It is spread by skin-to-skin contact, even if that contact is very brief. Symptoms usually do not occur until 4-6 weeks after exposure to an infected person.
South Kitsap High School is taking extra cleaning measures to help fight the outbreak, and is recommending students do the same. Scabies can also be treated with prescription anti-scabicide.