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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Wexford hospital contains scabies outbreak

By David tucker

Wexford General Hospital is experiencing an outbreak of scabies, but says the infection has been contained.

It says the outbreak is suggestive of 'Norwegian Scabies' which is very easily transmitted.

The HSE said Wexford General Hospital 'can confirm that one patient in the hospital was diagnosed with scabies.

'The patient has been treated and the infection has been contained. All appropriate procedures have been followed in alignment with national protocols which include contacting all patients and staff who may have come into contact with the patient, and providing the appropriate treatment,' the HSE said in a response to questions posed by this newspaper.

It said Wexford General is open as normal, however, if patients, their families or staff have any concerns they are asked to please contact the hospital.

In a circular sent to staff and people who may have had contact with the affected areas, the hospital says people who may be at risk that all staff working on Level 1 medical wards are required to take control measures to prevent the outbreak from escalating.

'Due to the nature and extent of this scabies outbreak all agency staff that have worked at WGH since May 31, 2017 need to be treated prophylactically if they have worked on Aidans/Bridgets Wards or CCU and should apply scabicidal treatment as soon as possible.

'The treatment preparation is available in St Bridget's Ward from the CNM2/ Nurse in Charge. You are required to sign that you have received the cream in order to track usage.'

The cream has to be applied over the body followed by a shower or bath eight to 14 hours later.

'Until the scabicidal treatment has been completed, staff must wear gloves and perform hand hygiene in-between each patient contact in ALL clinical areas/departments and they should monitor themselves for the appearance of a skin rash for seve days after treatment.'

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