Outbreak leads to quarantine at jail

CAMP VERDE -- Inmates in one dorm of the county jail are being quarantined after an outbreak of scabies, said YCSO Chief Deputy John Russell.

Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by a tiny parasite that digs under the host's skin and causes intense itching. It usually is transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn released a written statement that said, in part, "Following the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and with consultation from the Yavapai County Community Health Department, the jail's medical provider instituted an aggressive surveillance and treatment protocol to prevent the spread of the disease which included a quarantine of one dormitory."

Russell said there were about 20 inmates affected and noted that the close quarters in the jail mean that this kind of outbreak happens from time to time, but that he believed all the patients had been treated by Monday afternoon.

Several defendants in cases to be heard in the Yavapai County Superior Courts were among those quarantined. They were unable to appear Monday in court.

"It is expected that the quarantine will be lifted this week," D'Evelyn said.

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