Three Students Diagnosed With Shigellosis

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email
Shigella Bacteria

Shigella Bacteria

School administrators in one eastern Kentucky county are taking some extra precautions after three students are diagnosed with Shigellosis.

The Yellow Creek School recently sent letters home to parents.

It shows them ways they can help the school to keep this illness from spreading and in some cases, that means keeping their child home from school.

Shigellosis is not a fun way to get out of a day at school.

“Symptoms would be a fever, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, that may lead to bloody diarrhea,” Trissa McGeorge said.

The most common way to catch the illness is by coming in contact with someone who did not wash their hands after having diarrhea.

Three students at Yellow Creek School in Middlesboro were diagnosed with the sickness and now officials are scrubbing and disinfecting every inch of their building.

“I'd like to assure our parents there's nothing to be concerned about. We're a clean, safe environment, and we want our kids there to be healthy,” LaVonis Miracle, Yellow Creek School Assistant Principal said.

The school nurse is closely monitoring how kids are feeling.

“If they complain of any type of stomach illness, they are to go home, that's mandatory,” Miracle said.

Meanwhile, teachers are making sure students are practicing good clean habits. Health officials say washing hands is the best defense.

“The best time is to wash your hands after the playground, before eating, and after going to the bathroom,” McGeorge said.

Since Shigellosis is a bacterial infection, antibiotics treat it, and within a couple of days, students can return to school.

Despite the precautions, Yellow Creek School officials say their attendance remains strong.

They are happy about that because they say CATS testing begins next week.

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