Scabies quarantine ends at New Orleans jail
NEW ORLEANS - A quarantine has been lifted at Orleans Parish Prison after officials concluded that a scabies outbreak among female inmates has ended.
Roughly 60 women inmates in a dormitory were quarantined from Wednesday through Friday. The move came after five inmates were found to have been infected with the microscopic mites, which spread quickly in confined spaces like jails.
Sheriff's office spokesman Phillip Stelly says the scabies infestation was first noticed Tuesday after a female inmate complained to prison medical staff about itching. Four more female inmates exhibited similar symptoms the following day and medical staff also diagnosed them with scabies.
Stelly says the five infested inmates were treated with a medicinal lotion and their mattresses were disinfected. They were issued new clothing and laundry bags.