Scabies hits Atlanta daycare - CBS46 News

Scabies hits Atlanta daycare

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A skin disease forced an Atlanta early child care center to close its doors today.

The Early Learning & Literacy Resources Center confirmed that two children have scabies.

Scabies is a skin disease caused by microscopic-sized mites that burrow in the skin producing bumps and blisters that intensely itch.

The center's directors told CBS Atlanta after consulting with public health officials, their advice was to close the facility for 72 hours.

"When you remove the host for 72 hours and not have any humans interacting with it for that period of time it will automatically die out," Elaine Draeger said.

Grady pediatrician Dr. Karen Duncan says scabies is quite uncomfortable and agreed with the daycare center closing because the weekend gives the mites time to die.

"The mite really doesn't live for very long within about three to five days most surfaces are clear of the mite," Duncan said.

Duncan strongly recommends that parents have their children checked to make sure the skin disease that's spread through human touch isn't present.

"What families need to do is to check themselves for any rash that may be itchy in nature, especially those rashes that children are scratching at night time," Duncan said.

Washing your child's clothes and bedding in extremely hot water is also recommended.

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