Deb Farris from KAKE News reported on a Shigella outbreak at a local Reno County daycare:

September 26 – Letters are going out to daycare centers and schools all over Reno County about an outbreak of shigellosis. The last time Reno saw this many cases of the illness was nearly 10 years ago. The bacterial infection can be very serious because it causes diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and hospitalization. The outbreak has already sent 3 people to the hospital.

2nd graders at one Hutchinson school are getting a refresher course on hand washing. That school didn’t have any cases so far, but teachers want to be prepared. There are a total of 8 cases of shigellosis in Reno County, but health officials are investigating 20 to 30 possible cases. Normally they see an average of 1 to 2 cases a year. Symptoms of shigellosis include bloody or watery diarrhea, fever, nausea or vomiting and last about 3 to 4 days. The illness is easily spread. Health workers say washing your hands is the best way to protect yourself from the easily contagious disease. The Reno County Health Department is not releasing the names of the schools affected by the outbreak. If you have any of the symptoms, call your doctor immediately.