Sample letter to Parents
Scabies Diagnosed in School
There has been a diagnosed and treated case of scabies among our students in the _________________
School. Scabies is an itchy condition caused by tiny mites that burrow under the skin and found
mostly between fingers and toes. The itching is usually worse at night. It is possible that your child
may have been in contact with scabies the week of ____________. If you suspect that your child may
have scabies, it is important to contact your child’s doctor or primary care provider. He or she can
make the diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Scabies will not go away on its own.
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eds., 2000 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Disease, 25th
ed., pp. 506–508. Elk Grove, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
2. Orkin M, Maibach HI (1999). Scabies and pediculosis. In IM Freedberg et al.,
eds., Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, 5th ed., vol. 2, pp.
2677–2684. New York: McGraw-Hill.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1998). 1998 Guidelines for
treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. MMWR, 47(RR-1): 106–108.