The elderly woman was taken to the hospital from the Hailie Catharina care home in Zonhoven (also Limburg).
She had a rash and it wasn’t clear what it was caused by. It wasn’t until this week that scabies Norvegica was diagnosed. This is an advanced and highly contagious form of scabies.
Scabies is a contagious skin infestation by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. As the complaint is so contagious, the hospital has decided that its staff, the patient’s family and the patients that were in the hospital at the same time as the woman should be given preventative treatment.
However, Sint-Francisckus Hospital says that there is no immediate danger to public health. The elderly patient is reported to be making a good recovery.