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Posted on: November 26, 2018

Confirmed Shigella Cases at Patriots Elementary School

Shigellosis

To:                   Patriots Elementary School Students, Parents, and Staff

From:              Russell R. Suda, MD

                        Medical Director

                        Cabarrus Health Alliance

Date:               November 26, 2018

Subject:          Shigellosis Illnesses


The Communicable Disease Department at Cabarrus Health Alliance is investigating a cluster of GI illness occurring at Patriots Elementary School. Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most that are infected with Shigella develop watery stools, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. The watery stools are often bloody.


Parents can help protect their child by doing the following things:

  • Students who have been sick with these symptoms should stay at home. They can return to school no sooner than 48 hours after symptoms stop.
  • Practice good hand washing with soap and warm water, after using the bathroom and before eating
  • Contact your health care provider if you believe your child has symptoms of Shigella
  • See Shigella Fact Sheet on back of this for further information

If you have further questions, call your child’s health care provider or the Cabarrus Health Alliance at 704-920-1213. Leave your name and phone number, and your call will be returned.

Thank you for helping us to control communicable illness in Cabarrus County.

For more information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/shigella/index.html 

 

Shigellosis (Shigella) Fact Sheet


What is Shigella? 

Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most who are infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools, fever, and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. The watery stools are often bloody. It usually resolves in 5 to 7 days.


What are the symptoms of Shigella? 

Most who are infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools, fever, and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. The watery stools are often bloody. It usually resolves in 5 to 7 days.


What is the treatment for Shigella? 

Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. If symptoms worsen or last more than 1 week, notify your health care provider.


Is Shigella preventable? 

  • Wash hands with soap carefully and frequently, especially after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers, and before preparing foods or beverages.
  • Dispose of soiled diapers properly
  • Disinfect diaper changing areas after using them.
  • Keep children with diarrhea out of child care settings.
  • Supervise handwashing of toddlers and small children after they use the toilet.
  • Do not prepare food for others while ill with diarrhea
  • Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes, or untreated pools.

       



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