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Suit: Woman contracted scabies from Mount Sinai hospital bed

A former patient claims she contracted scabies from a bed at Mount Sinai Hospital almost two years ago, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Othelia Williams became infested after she was admitted to the hospital at 15th Street and California Avenue on January 12, 2013, the suit alleges.

Scabies, caused by itch mites burrowing and laying eggs in the upper layer of skin, can linger for up to four weeks after initial treatment, causing intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. It’s typically spread through prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with someone already infested with the mites, but can be spread indirectly through bedding.

A Mount Sinai spokeswoman said lawyers for the hospital had not yet been served the suit as of Friday night and declined to comment on pending litigation.

Williams’ single-count suit claims the hospital was negligent in failing to sterilize its beds. She is seeking at least $30,000 in damages, plus court costs.