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Science center in Sioux Falls closed due to mites

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Kirby Science Discovery Center and Raven Children's Studio in Sioux Falls will be closed through Monday after mites were found on two turtles.

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The Argus Leader reports the facility at the Washington Pavilion says the turtles have been treated by a veterinarian.

A professional crew will fumigate the area this week.

Michelle Wellman with Pavilion says some employees have reported being bitten by the mites. She says no visitors have reported being bitten.

The newspaper reports that any patrons who experience itchy skin or small red bumps should visit their physician.

Wellman says it is unclear how the mites got into the turtles' enclosure. She says the turtles will get a new one.