LAKE FOREST, California (October 7, 2016) –-Some 30 students and 10 staff members suffered severe rashes reportedly caused by mites in a nearby play area at the Lake Forest Elementary School, according to a report by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
The students and staff were allegedly bitten by the blood-sucking mites causing the mysterious red rash, but now vector control may have solved the mystery.
An investigation into what caused severe red bites or welts, which was first discovered on Sept. 15, was headed up by the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District. They determined that recently laid wood chips found in an area near the grass playing field were infested with mites. It’s unclear at this time where the mites came from, but the investigation is ongoing.
The school district is treating the problem based on the Vector Control’s recommendations and students or adults who suffered bites are warned they could bring these critters home with them.
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