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Goodland campus closed due to scabies

4/12/2013

By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

GOODLAND -- Due to a public health concern, the Northwest Kansas Technical College campus will be closed until Tuesday. Faculty and staff are expected to return Monday.

According to a press release from the Sherman County Health Department, a NWKTC student reported a case of scabies to college administration Tuesday afternoon. Additional cases were reported Wednesday afternoon. Administration then met with the Sherman County Health Department to develop a plan of action for addressing the scabies concern and prevent further cases.

All students, faculty and staff were being checked for scabies and receiving education on the condition Thursday morning in a clinic set up at the medication assistant building on the NWKTC campus.

Scabies is a contagious skin rash caused by tiny parasitic mites.

"Scabies is not a result of being unclean. Everyone is equally susceptible," said Donna Terry, Sherman County Health Department administrator.

The life span of scabies mites is 48 to 72 hours without a human host. Therefore, by treating those with scabies as soon as possible and closing the college for four days, further spread of the health concern should be prevented, according to the Sherman County Health Department.