Published on May 21st, 2013 | by MD0
Cook County Jail Reports Lice And Scabies Outbreak
Source: Global Dispatch
Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart has ordered isolation within a Division of the Cook County Jail and a portion of Cermak Hospital after an outbreak of lice and scabies, according to a press release Friday.
At least 15 detainees have been diagnosed with the ectoparasite infestations.
Sheriff Dart says the isolation order will remain in place until further notice. Affected detainees have been isolated from the general population to allow for theirtreatment and to prevent further infestation. Detainees housed in the affected units are also being provided preventative treatment.
The units are being disinfected and detainees are being provided new linens and clothing. Linens are being laundered separately. Staff assigned to the affected units are also being closely monitored.
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