Human scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. The scabies mite usually is spread by direct, prolonged; skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies. Scabies occurs worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks.
Is this a reportable illness?
This is not a reportable illness to CDPH but consult with your school nurse to confirm this diagnosis with parents or the medical provider.
Please note: that clusters of cases should be reported to CDPH.
The student should be allowed to continue learning for the rest of the day but should be exclude from school and other extracurricular activities until the morning after treatment recommended by the child’s healthcare provider has been started.