New Orleans, La - The contagious skin disease scabies infected workers at the New Orleans LSU interim hospital.
Marvin McGraw, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirms 17 employees contracted it recently while treating a patient infected with the disease.
McGraw says the hospital quickly reacted to stop the spread of it and all of those infected were treated.
New Orleans physician Dr. Brobson Lutz says this is the time of year scabies is most prevalent. He says its a very itchy disease that's been around for hundreds of years. Lutz says it happens when the mites get under your skin and multiply.
"They're red bumps. They can look like burrs when the little mite is crawling under your skin. That's when they're getting the juices to lay their eggs. It can cause skin breaks," said Dr. Lutz.
Lutz says there is treatment for it. But he also cautions, if you become infected, everyone else you had close contact with should also get treatment even if they show no signs of it.
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