We have been advised of 2 cases of scabies affecting students at school.
Scabies is an infestation of the skin caused by the scabies mite, and is not an indication of poor hygiene. It is usually spread by direct skin-to-skin contact.
Scabies mites usually infest the skin especially where there are creases, and they cause intense itching, especially at night.
The infectious period lasts until the mites and eggs are destroyed by treatment. Treatment should not be undertaken until a diagnosis has been confirmed by a doctor. As scabies may be confused with other skin conditions, it is important to have any signs or symptoms seen by a doctor.
Students are not to return to school for 24 hours after treatment has commenced.
Further information can be found at: http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au Search: scabies
Acting Deputy Principal