EVERY resident at a care home has been treated for scabies after four confirmed cases of the infection were found.
Staff at the Warrendale Cottage Residential Care Home in Old Warren, Broughton, which has 29 residents, have also been treated.
Dr Chris Whiteside, consultant in communicable disease control from Public Health Wales said: “Public Health Wales is aware of four cases of scabies at a residential home in Broughton.
“We have worked with staff from the home to ensure treatment was provided to all residents and staff.
“There have been no restrictions placed on family members visiting the home but general public health advice has been given on arrival.
“The incubation period for scabies can be up to six weeks and individuals can show no symptoms yet still be infectious.
“This is why treatment was recommended for all residents even though none were showing to have any symptoms.”
Scabies is an allergic skin reaction to the scabies mite – a tiny, and usually not directly visible, parasite which burrows under the host’s skin, causing intense itching.
It is one of the most common parasitic infections in the UK and Public Health Wales confirmed it does not present a serious public health problem.
Dr Whiteside added: “The treatment for scabies is simple and effective, through preparations that can be bought over the counter at a pharmacists or by prescription from a GP.
“Itching may persist for two-to-three weeks after treatment, but will not be as intense.”
Symptoms of the skin infection include intense itching and superficial burrows on the skin caused by a mite which can cause a rash.
Warrendale Cottage Care Home was established in 1997 and provides residential, respite and day care for people over the age of 65.
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