OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A man living at an Overland Park assisted living facility has been diagnosed with scabies. Now, his wife is left wondering why no one else there was notified.
"They're like blisters," CaraZoe Milner said as she described the rash on her husband's skin.
He has Alzheimer's and lives at Cypress Springs in Overland Park. After the itching got worse, she went directly to a dermatologist.
"'I'm going to take him and get him confirmed,'" she said when she first learned of the itching. "I took him, it's scabies."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions-- including nursing homes.
Milner's doctor said his case was severe.
"He said everyone should be treated," Milner said.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment suggests scabies cases be reported. But the extended care facility said they are not required to report disease and it was a "non-issue."
However, Milner thinks families should at least be notified.
"My concern is that they're not treating anyone else in the facility," she said.