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A recent outbreak of rashes at a Lake Forest elementary school was caused by mites from a nearby playing field, a school district official said Thursday.

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District “found some mites in the wood chip area adjacent to the grass playing field” at Lake Forest Elementary School, said Tammy Blakely, assistant to the superintendent of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

“They are in the process of investigating where the mites came from,” Blakely said.

“The district will continue to work with OC Vector Control to determine a cause of action once it is determined where the mites came from,” Blakely said. “The district will follow Vector Control’s recommendations as we are anxious to treat the problem.”

About 30 students and 10 staff members had been afflicted with the rash, Blakely said. The outbreak was first reported on Sept. 15.

–City News Service 

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