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Scabies spreads to men's jail in Nashville

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Scabies is an itchy, contagious disease spread by skin-to-skin contact. (WSMV) Scabies is an itchy, contagious disease spread by skin-to-skin contact. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Channel 4 News has learned the scabies outbreak that started at a women's detention facility and spread to the Davidson County Courthouse has now been found in a men's facility.

The detention centers are operated by CoreCivic, a Nashville-based company.

Hundreds of female inmates were being treated for scabies. Then it spread to court workers, lawyers and their family members.

The Metro Nashville Health Department began investigating inmates' health records and, based on what has been discovered, it is making CoreCivic treat all of its male inmates and staff as well.

Scabies is an itchy, contagious skin condition that is spread by skin to skin contact. Basically, they are mites that crawl under people's skin and lay eggs.

Last week, Channel 4 reported that several court employees were suing CoreCivic.

They allege that the company knew they were dealing with a scabies outbreak in their Harding Place women's facility, but they didn't sound the alarm and, as a result, they said, CoreCivic put the public at risk.

Last week Judge Melissa Blackburn wrote a letter to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry asking the city to hold CoreCivic responsible for the scabies outbreak that spread from the women's detention facility on Harding Pike to the courthouse.

On Monday night Channel 4 learned that the Metro Nashville Health Department is now investigating.

The health department is going back and reviewing health complaints made by inmates.

Two cases of scabies in the men's facility and they believe there could be more.

CoreCivic responded to the health department saying they are in the process of ordering the medication and will begin treating them as soon as it is received.

CoreCivic has denied requests for interviews while reporting past stories. The company has provided a statement saying they work hard to follow protocols and procedures.

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