The campus of Northwest Kansas Technical College is closed until Tuesday because of several cases of scabies.
The school says Tuesday a student went to the administration with symptoms of scabies. Wednesday, other cases showed up at the Goodland Regional Medical Center.
That prompted the school and clinic to meet up and call the Sherman County Health Department.
The health department is now conducting a campus-wide screening of all students, faculty and staff. Anyone who lives in the dorm is being recommended for treatment. Treatment is a topical ointment that is applied after showering, left on for 8-14 hours, then rinsed off. People don't need to be quarantined after treatment.
"Scabies is not a result of being unclean, everyone is equally susceptible," explained Donna Terry, Sherman County Health Department Administrator, "Center for Disease Control does not consider scabies as a reportable disease."
Students are encouraged to wash all of their clothes in hot water, wipe down all hard services with antibacterial wipes and vacuum cloth surfaces.
The school is being closed down because the mites need human hosts to survive. Therefore, if the building is empty, they will not have anything to live off of and should be dead within 48-72 hours.