CUMBERLAND Co., Va. (WWBT) - The number of local scabies cases is growing with two school districts confirming multiple cases.
Last week, Cumberland County Public Schools announced that they were dealing with 8 cases. Dr. Elizabeth Jamerson, the district’s Director of Human Resources confirmed up to 13 on Thursday.
The affected people include students and teachers at the elementary, middle, and high schools.
“The school division and families in the community must work together to prevent further spreading. This is not something the school can do just on their own," said. Dr. Amy Griffin, Cumberland superintendent.
Griffin released a video message last week, saying that the school buildings are being cleaned regularly, and buses are being wiped down daily.
In Buckingham County, Superintendent Dr. Daisy Hicks says two cases have been reported in the Buckingham Primary School and Buckingham Preschool Center. Crews in Buckingham will also be deep cleaning schools and buses.
“It’s very common among school-aged people and people in clustered areas,” said pediatrician Dr. Sandra Bell.
Dr. Bell has treated her fair share of scabies cases in her 40 years as a doctor. She says the mites tend to pop up during the spring and warm falls.
“It can vary in its presentation among adults and children. In children, classically, its armpits, groins, anywhere elastic bands will touch,” Dr. Bell said.
She adds that it can be cured with medicated shampoos and ointments. Untreated, however, it can be a gateway to worse conditions.
“The itching is the most profound thing. People just can’t stand the itching. And from itching, there comes scratching. From scratching, there comes infection, and then you get into a vicious cycle,” the doctor said.
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