Reed City Student Diagnosed With Shigella

Parents on high alert tonight after a student contracted a very contagious disease.

This is continuing coverage on a story we first brought to your earlier today.

Wednesday morning a parent called the G.T. Norman Elementary School in Reed City saying their child was diagnosed with Shigella.

Shigella is a bowel infection that causes severe diarrhea.

If unnoticed, it can also cause dehydration.

The disease is highly contagious and can spread easily among children.

Once the school learned of the case they sprung into response-mode, notifying parents and disinfecting.

“You need to be really careful and take care and get things clean and educate the kids and educate the parents, It’s a hygiene issue and kids need to know that they need to wash their hands after they use the bathroom. That’s the biggest problem that causes this to spread around,”said school superintendent Tim Webster. 

It’s not just school kids; other cases have popped up in the area recently too.

So the school is doing all they can to disinfect any thing anyone would touch, and notified parents.

“It’s just something we need to get on real quickly to make sure we put things in place to make sure our kids are safe so that we can keep it as low as few kids as possible and we’ll take care of them,” Webster said. 

If any student or teacher shows any symptoms, they are advised to stay  home. If a case is confirmed, a person should not return to school until three days after symptoms subside.