|State confirms scabies outbreak at Blountstown prison|
|By tallahassee.com- James Call|
The Department of Corrections has treated and quarantined about 10 percent of the inmates at the Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown for scabies. Officials say the outbreak began in January and no inmates are currently symptomatic.
Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a microscopic mite. In most cases patients suffer from intense itching, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But frequent scratching can open lesions and expose patients to secondary bacterial infections. Post-infection complications can include rheumatic fever.
The DOC has treated approximately 130 Calhoun inmates since the outbreak began about six weeks ago.
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