Lice, scabies outbreak at Cook County jail

A group of inmates in the Cook County Jail have been isolated due to an outbreak of lice and scabies.

Officials say the parasites were found on 15 inmates. 10 in Division II of the jail and 5 in the mental health unit of Cermak Hospital, have been found to have the parasites, according to a news release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Several of them refused to be treated, and had to be restrained for medical attention.

The affected inmates will remain in isolation until the pests are gone.

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