Twenty-six inmates at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore are receiving treatment for a possible scabies condition, the Alabama Department of Corrections said.
The ADOC says two inmates in Holman were seen in a jail infirmary with a rash on Friday. Medical staff examined other inmates from the same dorm and found 24 other inmates with the same symptoms.
Medical staff monitored prisoners and provided drugs to alleviate symptoms and eliminate infection, the ADOC said. Staff restricted the movement of prisoners to reduce the risk of others being infected.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, scabies is a skin infection caused by human itch mite. It causes severe itching and a rash, says the CDC. The scabies mite is spread through direct contact with a person with scabies. It makes prisons and other places with tight conditions likely areas for scabies outbreaks, the CDC says.