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Sedwick County warns of Shigella outbreak

March 18, 2009
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WICHITA, KS — Sedgwick County warns it is experiencing an outbreak of Shigella as 23 cases have been reported in the first two and a half months of 2009, more than all of last year''s 20 total cases, according to KSCW-TV.
The bacteria is passed through fecal matter, so proper hand washing is crucial in defense against its spread, the story stated.
According to the story, the Shigella bacteria causes diarrhea, fever, vomiting and cramps and can persist for as long as a week.
While the children at the Wichita State Child Development Center sleep during nap time, the staff makes sure to clean high-touch areas of the classroom with disinfectant wipes, the story noted.
The Wichita State Child Development Center is particularly prone to an outbreak of this sort as many of the toddlers are not fully toilet trained, the story added.
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