A scabies outbreak at the Halifax Infirmary led to surgeries being cancelled Friday.

Capital Health spokesman Everton McLean said the outbreak happened at the cardiac intensive care unit. One patient and one staff member were diagnosed with scabies and 15 others have shown signs of rashes. 

The affected staff did not go to work Friday.

"As a result of that, we had to cancel six surgeries," McLean said. "We didn't have the nursing care available to take care of them."

McLean did not know if procedures would be delayed Saturday.