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Scabies shuts down Santa Fe Magistrate Court

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Magistrate Court is closed after a person inside reported he or she is a possible carrier of scabies.

The court made the decision to close just before 10 a.m. after a witness told officials someone claiming to have the disease was inside, according to a Santa Fe Police Department statement. Officials are investigating.

The Police Department provided thiis information about scabies from the Center for Disease Control’s website:

What are the symptoms of scabies?

Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin, especially the webbing between the fingers; the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee; the penis, the breast, or shoulder blades; intense itching, especially at night and over most of the body; sores on the body caused by scratching. The sores can sometimes become infected by bacteria.

How do you get scabies?

By direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person already infested with scabies. Contact must be prolonged (a quick handshake or hug will usually not spread infestation).

Can scabies be treated?

Yes. A number of effective anti-scabies lotions or creams are available from your local pharmacist. A prescription from your doctor is not required. it should be noted day-to-day contact does not usually spread scabies.



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