Woman Exposed To Scabies Working At Dollar General

FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI)– A Dellwood woman says she was exposed to a contagious illness while working at a local Dollar General.

She worked at this Dollar General for a couple of days and claims she quit because she was at risk of catching scabies.

Latonia Brown says she started working at this Ferguson Dollar General on West Florissant last weekend, but it didn’t last long.

According to Brown, a woman working at the store told her she had the highly contagious skin disease known as scabies. Brown says she was worried about her health and the contact the employee had with the public.

“She said what do you think this is and I said that`s the scabies. You`re up in her interacting with the customers like its nothing and she stated to me that she believes she got it from a woman who came in and her hands were all messed up,” said Brown.

Doctor Jeff Atkins with Mercy Hospital says scabies is not a deadly skin disease, but it causes redness and itching. He also says patients can have it for weeks and not know it.

“It has to be skin to skin contact it`s so intensely itching that it gets under nails, that can cause it to transfer from person to person,” said Atkins.

FOX 2 contacted Dollar General who released the following statement:

“Dollar General is committed to providing a clean and pleasant shopping experience for our customers as well as a safe work environment for our employees.

We do not disclose details or comment about the personal health of our employees.”

Doctors say scabies can be easily treated with creams and at times oral medications.

They also say it`s best to wash everything in hot water.

“I know it`s contagious my kids had it years ago who got it from my cousin who got it from a daycare, that`s how rapid it can be,” brown said.

Information on scabies.. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites//scabies/
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