Public Health Officials with the Saskatchewan Health Authority are advising the public of cases of itchy skin manifestations in Eston and surrounding area. The cases have been recently diagnosed and reported both in the community and the long-term care facility in Eston.
Investigations into the possible cause are ongoing, but a few cases of scabies have been confirmed.
Scabies are mites that spread mostly by skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, but also secondarily by sharing bedding, clothing, or towels with an infected person.
It is very important to be aware of the symptoms and signs of scabies, which include itching, a rash on the skin, and sores. If you are experiencing any of these, please make an appointment with a physician as soon as possible. More information on scabies can also be obtained by calling the health line at 811.
It is also good practice to maintain good infection control standards, especially good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of a potentially infectious phenomenon.
The long term care facility will also be restricting visitation to ensure minimal spread.