A scabies outbreak has been declared at the Extendicare seniors’ complex on Michener Hill.
Four residents of the facility were found to be showing scabies-like symptoms. Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite. It’s characterized by persistent itching, rashes, red bumps and other skin irritations.
The medical officer of health has declared it an outbreak, said administrator Dave Gutscher on Friday afternoon. As a result, all residents in the two affected units at Extendicare, Michener Hill, are being treated.
This generally requires applying a lotion that kills the mites and their eggs.
“We have been working closely with Alberta Health Services and public health, and are actively monitoring all residents for any signs of infection. As a precautionary measure, we have asked volunteers (on the units) not to come in while residents are being treated,” said Gutscher.
He said there is no ban on visitors to the facility.
“We are keeping involved family members informed and there is no cause for concern.”
According to a scabies fact sheet, anyone can get these mites, regardless of personal cleanliness. But scabies is more common among people in close proximity to others, such as children at schools or daycares or persons living in nursing homes.