Management of nosocomial scabies, an outbreak of occupational disease


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Abstract

BackgroundThe optimal approach to managing institutional scabies outbreaks has yet to be defined. We report on outbreak managements are needed.MethodsWe report on a large outbreak of scabies in three acute care wards in a tertiary university teaching hospital in the Netherlands.ResultsThe outbreak potentially effected 460 patients and 185 health care workers who had been exposed to the index patient.ConclusionContainment of an outbreak relies on a quick and strict implementation of appropriate infection control measures and should include simultaneous treatment of all infested persons and exposed contacts to prevent secondary spread and prolonged post-intervention surveillance. Am. J. Ind. Med. 58:577–582, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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