Scabies has been reported at several fire stations in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Instead of fighting fires, Prince George's County, Maryland, the fire department is battling microscopic mites. Scabies has been reported in several fire stations throughout the county.
"After being notified of mites bites, we took immediate action," Prince George's / EMS County Chief Benjamin Barksdale said
says Barksdale's situation came to light last week, 205 firefighters were checked for mites and stubble from the fire, and 20 were diagnosed with scabies. Firefighters were assigned to 13 different unidentified fire stations throughout the county.
"We are also in the process of notifying those patients who have been transported by staff at these 1
Scabies comes from close skin contact with skin, but Prince George's County Deputy Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Duvall-Harvey said the chances are low that mites have been transferred by first aid to people they helped .
"If there was significant skin-to-skin contact that should not have happened, for example, normally gloves would have been available," says Duvall-Harvey.
Duvall-Harvey stated that the infection could be the result
The Fire Service also stated that it is not uncommon for firefighters to visit multiple fire stations during shifts and this may also play a role in  Barksdale stated that the infection did not affected the service and that the firefighters involved were removed from duty to be treated and returned to work after treatment was completed.
Duval-Harvey said anyone who thought they might have been exposed to mites,
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