West Delaware High School Taking Precautions Against Scabies

West Delaware High School is taking precautions after several students started showing symptoms of scabies.

Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey tells KMCH that eight high school students have been recommended to see a doctor for possible diagnosis. The cases started showing up at the high school in the last few days.

Scabies is a skin disease caused by a mite that leads to itching. It is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact.

Rickey says they are taking precautions and thoroughly cleaning the high school. It is the only school building in the district where the disease’s symptoms have showed up.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends any student diagnosed with scabies to stay home until they receive their first treatment.

The West Delaware School District has sent notices to all parents of high school students, along with a fact sheet about the disease.