Scabies infection confirmed in Clinton school

East Feliciana Parish school officials notified parents in a letter Friday that scabies, a skin infection, was confirmed at Clinton Elementary School.

The letter from Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. says the school district’s maintenance and custodial employees “have since disinfected identified areas” at the school.

The letter says all parents and guardians were being notified of the Clinton Elementary outbreak because students in schools share school buses.

Clinton’s school-based health clinic confirmed the outbreak.

Lewis said Saturday that one case was confirmed on Wednesday and another on Friday. Both involved students in the same classroom.

Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused when microscopic mites burrow into the upper layer of the skin and lay eggs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Common symptoms include intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash, and the infection is usually spread by prolonged skin-to-skin contact, according to the website.

An outbreak of scabies was reported in March at Jackson Elementary School and East Feliciana High School, which share the same building in Jackson.

Because of concerns about possible high absenteeism on the day school reopened, the state Department of Education authorized a temporary delay in last year’s state accountability testing at the two schools.