The Shawano-Menominee County Health Department said a recent outbreak of the Shigella bacteria has made schools and day care facilities take extra precautions when it comes to spreading germs. County Public Health Nurse Kris Labby said some children in Shawano have been diagnosed and the warnings have been sent out.
“This has been in connection with area day cares and Hillcrest Summer School” said Labby. “Notification has been sent to those who need to know.”
Now the public is being warned about preventing the spread. Shigella causes diarrhea, and a fever, and in some cases, dehydration is a concern.
“Shigella is very contagious from one person to another so it is important if a child has these symptoms that they stay home to prevent the spread.”
Labby said those who have been diagnosed are being treated, but parents are being reminded to have their kids and everyone in their family practice good hand washing consistently, and take the precautions needed.