More than 200 may've been exposed to scabies

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LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center says about 200 employees, patients and visitors of the hospital's hematology/oncology unit may have been exposed to the skin condition scabies after a patient was discovered to have it.

Officials say the patient arrived on Aug. 14 and wasn't accurately diagnosed and isolated until Sept. 26.

One member of the hospital's staff has a confirmed case of scabies, a contagious, but non-life-threatening condition caused by microscopic mites that results in intense itching.

Dartmouth is offering free screening clinics and treatment to staff, patients and visitors who may have had contact with the patient.

They're scheduled Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Auditorium C-D.

A public inquiry line has been set up through the Health Department, 603-271-9461.

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