Prince George's County, Maryland.
Prince George's County, Maryland's Fire Department is fighting an infestation of microscopic mites.
Barksdale said "when we were notified of the bites from the mites, we took immediate action," said Prince George's County Fire / EMS Chief Benjamin Barksdale
Barksdale said when the situation came to light last week, 205 firefighters were checked for the mite and its telltale rash, and 20 were diagnosed with scabies.
Scabies comes from close skin. "
Scabies comes from close skin."
"We're so in the process of notifying those patients who were transported to those 13 stations" Barksdale said.
Scabies comes from close skin -to-skin contact, but Prince George's County Deputy Health Officer Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey
"If there is any skin-to-skin contact, it should not be, for example, they would have gloves on, "Duval-Harvey said.
Duval-Harvey said it is possible the infestation was a result of being in bed, which firefighters ̵
Barksdale said the infestation has not impacted service and that the affected
Duval-Harvey said that anyone who feels they have been exposed to the mites, which appears to be a crooked, raised rash, should see their doctor.
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