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ADVANCE, N.C. -- Davie County Health Department Director Suzanne Wright confirms a scabies outbreak and treatment at the Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Advance.

Wright said an outbreak means two or more people are affected. There have been three confirmed cases; one laboratory confirmation and two resident cases.

Wright said the center is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to clean and prevent further contamination. Cleaning includes changing bedding and cleaning personal items and clothing.

This is the fifth time scabies have been detected within the facility.

The previous three times were in December of last year and January and March of this year.

Wright sent this statement about the outbreak:

"Scabies is a common communicable disease that is typically spread by direct and prolonged skin to skin exposure with a person who has it. Nursing homes, prisons, child care centers and extended-care facilitates are common sites for scabies infestations, so it’s not unusual to have scabies in these environments. The facility has followed recommendations from Environmental Health and Communicable Disease staff with regard to proper cleaning of bedding, clothing and personal items of residents. The facility indicated that it voluntarily posted signs alerting visitors about an infectious skin condition and postponed the family Thanksgiving luncheon where families and guest were invited in for the day.

Scabies is not a reportable condition, which means even though it is a communicable disease, it is not a disease with mandatory reporting requirements in NC. Scabies is not tracked in the NC Electronic Disease Surveillance System."

Bermuda Commons sent the following statement in response:

“Bermuda Commons has experienced one laboratory-confirmed case of scabies and two clinically-confirmed cases among its resident population. Bermuda Commons notified the Davie County Department of Public Health immediately upon receiving the laboratory confirmation on November 18thand has been working closely with the Department to respond appropriately and vigorously to the situation. There have not been any residents or staff transported to the hospital or been hospitalized related to the condition.

Treatment has been made available to all residents under the supervision of their physician(s).

Out of an abundance of caution, all staff have received treatment as well and the facility has undergone a complete deep cleaning.

Bermuda Commons will continue to take all measures to provide a safe and healthy environment to our residents and staff.”