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June 1978

Nosocomial Outbreak of Scabies

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology (Dr Gooch), Internal Medicine (Dr Strasius), Personnel (Ms Beamer and Mr Correll), and Pharmacy (Dr Reiter), St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr Gooch is now with the Medical Division, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co, Inc, Wilmington, Del.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(6):897-898. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640180031007

• During the last quarter of 1976, a nosocomial outbreak of scabies occurred in a 558-bed community teaching hospital. There had been scattered reports of scabies throughout Michigan for nearly a year prior to this outbreak. The epidemic spread of scabies from a patient to 38 hospital employees and their families and associates was identified from historical, clinical, and microscopic skin preparation data.

(Arch Dermatol 114:897-898, 1978)