The staff at the LaPorte County Jail are in the process of treating an infestation of scabies within the Jail.
Scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite and common symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks.
In this case, all jail inmates have been locked in their cells in an attempt to prevent the spread of the infestation. All visitation and programs for inmates have been canceled at this time. Medical protocol that is in place is being followed. It is expected that the issue will be resolved by December 8th. Normal jail operations involving the public will resume on December 13th.
Universal precautions are being used by jail and patrol staff.