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Charles Lea Center Open After Contagious Skin Disease

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Updated: April 16, 2013

The Charles Lea Center opened its doors Tuesday after cases of scabies were discovered last week.

The Spartanburg center, which serves disabled and special needs patients, says the building is safe and ready for services.

Posted: April 12, 2013

Spartanburg's Charles Lea Center is closed after officials say cases of scabies were reported.

State health officials told the center, which serves disabled and special needs patients, they had to shut down Friday because two cases of the highly contagious skin disease were discovered.

The closure affects around 350 people.  Those who live in group homes are being monitored for symptoms.

"We got them out very quickly, it's not something you want to play around with," center director Gerald Bernard said.

Crews are working to clean and disinfect the center over the weekend.  They hope to open the doors on Tuesday.

"Infectious diseases on the skin that you hear is contagious it throws up big concerns," Ramon Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez's aunt goes to the Workability affiliate of the center in Inman.

She was told her not to come to work today, just to be safe.

"You hear that word disease and everybody just kind of goes crazy and wanting to figure out what it is," Rodriguez said.

Scabies are tiny mites which burrow under the skin and lay eggs. They appear like a pimple-like rash, with intense itching.

Skin-to-skin contact will spread them. Symptoms may not appear for up to 2 months.

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