Kashechewan family wants answers after baby plagued by skin infections
Former chief Derek Stephen says the five-month-old survived open heart surgery in Ottawa just two months ago
March 21, 2016
‘The community has been concerned about the water quality issues as being a link or a cause.’ – Keith Conn, First Nations and Inuit Health
Vigorous scratching can break your skin and allow a secondary bacterial infection, such as impetigo, to occur. Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin that’s caused most often by staph (staphylococci) bacteria or occasionally by strep (streptococci) bacteria.
A more severe form of scabies, called crusted scabies, may affect certain high-risk groups, including:
People with chronic health conditions that weaken the immune system, such as HIV or chronic leukemia
People who are very ill, such as people in hospitals or nursing facilities
Older people in nursing homes
Crusted scabies, also called Norwegian scabies, tends to be crusty and scaly, and to cover large areas of the body. It’s very contagious and can be hard to treat.