Management of Nosocomial Scabies, an Outbreak of Occupational Disease

Frank H. W. Jungbauer*, Yanka K. Veenstra-Kyuchukova, Jacqueline Koeze, Martijn R. KruijtSpanjer, Sylvia H. Kardaun

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    Abstract

    Background The optimal approach to managing institutional scabies outbreaks has yet to be defined. We report on outbreak managements are needed. Methods We report on a large outbreak of scabies in three acute care wards in a tertiary university teaching hospital in the Netherlands. Results The outbreak potentially effected 460 patients and 185 health care workers who had been exposed to the index patient. Conclusion Containment of an outbreak relies on a quick and strict implementation of appropriate infection control measures and should include simultaneous treatment of all infested persons and exposed contacts to prevent secondary spread and prolonged post-intervention surveillance. Am. J. Ind. Med. 58:577-582, 2015. (c) 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)577-582
    Number of pages6
    JournalAMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE
    Volume58
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May-2015

    Keywords

    • nosocomial scabies
    • institutional scabies
    • Norwegian scabies
    • crusted scabies
    • occupational disease
    • outbreak management
    • healthcare
    • IVERMECTIN
    • PERMETHRIN
    • GUIDELINE

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