Elementary school reports 4 ill pupils

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Four cases of Shigella were reported this week at a Grovetown elementary school.

The incidents took place at Cedar Ridge Elementary School, but system officials do not believe the infectious bacteria originated there, according to statement released Thursday.

"The coincidence is that they're all students of this school," said schools Assistant Superintendent Robert Jarrell.

Mr. Jarrell did not know when the first Shigella incident was discovered. He said he believed it was this week.

System officials sent a letter to parents Thursday warning of the outbreak and the measures the school is taking to prevent the spread of the illness.

"It's not a serious situation in terms of an epidemic," Mr. Jarrell said. "But we wanted parents to be aware of the symptoms."

Shigella symptoms include diarrhea, cramping, vomiting and nausea. It is highly contagious, according to the Kids Health Web site.

Cedar Ridge Elementary custodial staff are sanitizing the school, but the school will remain open, Mr. Jarrell said.

System officials also are emphasizing hand-washing procedures with pupils and staff at the school, according to the release.

The Columbia County Health Department is working with the school to contain the outbreak, Mr. Jarrell said.

A phone message left for Cedar Ridge Principal Sarah Wells was not immediately returned Thursday.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/07/08 - 03:49 am
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Deja vu: Isn't this story a

Deja vu: Isn't this story a near-duplicate of Thursday's on the same subject?

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Trouble1 11/07/08 - 05:47 am
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well, they gave it a new

well, they gave it a new headline.............

dthompson
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dthompson 11/07/08 - 07:38 am
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Is "Shigella" a fancy word

Is "Shigella" a fancy word for a stomach virus??

cethompson
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cethompson 11/07/08 - 07:58 am
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dthompson-------Yeah this

dthompson-------Yeah this sounds like what Christopher had considering that everyone has had it in his class. Wonder if they have checked out his school???

Why ME
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Why ME 11/07/08 - 08:33 am
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Once again the media trying

Once again the media trying to make news out of a few kids with the squirts. What's next an epidemic of nasal discharge? Really like the use of the word "outbreak", maybe there will be a movie of the week "Cedar Ridge Shigellaians"

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dthompson 11/07/08 - 08:48 am
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why ME.......cracked me

why ME.......cracked me up!!!!!

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ramble 11/07/08 - 01:18 pm
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WhyMe- funny post, but

WhyMe- funny post, but actually Shigella is a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract that can be spread in contaminated food or from person to person. It can be a serious problem, potentially causing significant complications. It kills nearly a million people worldwide every year (granted, most are in developing countries and can't get treated adequately). A cluster of kids in one school with this infection is an "outbreak", actually is worthy of a news story, and will likely be investigated by the health dept and/or the CDC.

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