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Chance of scabies closes vets home to visitors

COLLINS, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi nursing home for military veterans is closed to visitors in case a widespread rash is caused by scabies mites.

Eric Jordan, coordinator of the State Veterans Home, said visitors may be able to return by midweek. Jordan says "a good many" of the 146 residents had a rash.

Health Department spokeswoman Liz Sharlot said doctors don't yet know what caused it, but advised home administrators to treat it as if it were scabies.

That includes a prescription medicine to kill the mites, and cleaning all clothing and linen used by people with the mites or in close contact with them.

Jordan said visitors are asked to stay away until everyone is treated. Frequent visitors are encouraged to seek treatment.

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