Scabies can occur amid crowded conditions where close body and skin contact is frequent, including nursing homes, child-care facilities and prisons.
It typically is treated by a prescription skin cream.
“A single application of the topical cream that you put on the skin … kills the scabies,” Hamby said.
The hospital does not expect any patients to develop symptoms.
Anyone who has had an itchy rash for several days should be looked at by a physician. For a person who has never been infested before, symptoms can take four to six weeks to appear. More information about scabies is available from the Georgia Division of Public Health.