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An Outbreak of Scabies in a Long-Term Care Facility: The Role of Misdiagnosis and the Costs Associated With Control

  • Gretha de Beer (a1), Mark A. Miller (a2), Lucie Tremblay (a3) and Johanne Monette (a4)

In August 2003, an outbreak of scabies was detected in a Canadianlong-term care facility. The outbreak was likely associated with 2index cases, 1 involving classic scabies and the other involving Norwegian scabies. The scabies control costs totaled CDN$200,000, and the facility received negative publicity for a short period after the outbreak.

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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