Woodstock nursing home cited for scabies outbreak

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WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an outbreak of a contagious skin disease at a northern Illinois nursing home is linked to poor infection control.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2ayr1qV) health authorities found that Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock did not have a care plan for skin rashes. The nursing home is run by McHenry County.

At least five cases of scabies were confirmed by lab tests; dozens of other residents and staff had suspicious rashes.

Administrator Thomas Annarella says the facility is updating its protocol for handling outbreaks, including training and treatment procedures.

The nursing home must submit a plan of correction to the Illinois Department of Public Health by Aug. 8 and correct deficiencies by Sept. 3. State health officials will determine whether to fine the nursing home.

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