Deer Valley Unified School District officials: No Scabies outbreak at school

- Officials with the Deer Valley Unified School District told FOX 10 Phoenix Wednesday there is no scabies outbreak at one of its schools.

Earlier on Wednesday, a woman told FOX 10 Phoenix she received a letter from Sunrise Elementary School, saying that a case of Scabies was reported in the classroom where the woman's child attended class. The letter also described the signs and symptoms of Scabies, how it is spread, and what to do if a child has Scabies.

According to a statement released by Monica Allread with the Deer Valley Unified School District, only one family has reported a Scabies diagnosis, and they have remained home since the diagnosis, and began taking medicine.

According to the same statement, the letter was sent out to classrooms where the student or students have been, but the letter did not mention the name of the student or students, nor did it mention the family. Notifications for the condition is required by the CDC, as the condition is contagious.

Allread said the district has not received reports of any additional families who have been diagnosed with Scabies. In addition, school district officials said there are cleaning procedures and products in place to help prevent the spread of germs.

Some parents, like Krystal Rooker, felt the incident was underestimated.

"Even when [my daughter] was in kindergarten, and there there was lice there was a lot of information," said Rooker. "That's lice. I wouldn't know how to handle Scabies."

Rooker's daughter, Lena, whose class received the letter, was a little worried by the news.

"When I came home, I told my dad I was feeling a little itchy," said Lena. "He's like, you're being paranoid. Then I started getting itchy even more."

CDC Information on Scabies

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