In Virginia, dozens of former patients have been told they may have been exposed to scabies at a hospital in Norfolk.
According to The Virginian-Pilot, a patient with scabies was admitted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in early August, which caused an employee to contract scabies. Due to the hospital’s negligence, eight other workers and another resident showed signs of scabies and had to be treated as well.
The Centers for Disease Control states that scabies is caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like rash. Scabies spreads by skin-to-skin contact and through clothing, bedding and furniture.
The hospital told former patients they would receive a prescription skin cream as a preventative measure for the potential infection.
This disturbing story is an example of gross medical malpractice and sub-standard care by staff at this facility. Scabies is not something a patient should have to deal with while residing at a hospital, and negligent parties should be held accountable under medical malpractice law.
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