Shigella Infection (cont.)
In this Article
- Shigellosis facts*
- What is shigellosis?
- What are the symptoms of Shigella?
- How long after infection do symptoms appear?
- How long will symptoms last?
- Can there be any complications from Shigella infections?
- How can Shigella infections be diagnosed?
- How can Shigella infections be treated?
- Is antibiotic resistance a problem with Shigella?
- How will I know if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
- What should I do if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
- How can we reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant Shigella?
- How is Shigella spread?
- How can I reduce my risk of getting shigellosis?
- I was diagnosed with shigellosis. What can I do to avoid giving it to other people?
- My child was diagnosed with shigellosis. How can I keep others from catching it?
- Should an infected person be excluded from school or work?
- What else can be done to prevent shigellosis?
- What can be done if an outbreak of Shigella occurs in the childcare setting?
- People at Risk
What can be done if an outbreak of Shigella occurs in the childcare setting?
- Exclude any child with diarrhea from the childcare setting until the diarrhea has stopped.
- Children who have recently recovered from shigellosis can be grouped together in one classroom (cohorted) to minimize exposing uninfected children and staff to Shigella.
- Assign separate staff to change diapers and prepare or serve food.
- Reassign adults with diarrhea to jobs that minimize opportunities for spreading infection (for example, administrative work instead of food preparation).
- Establish, implement, and enforce policies on water-play and swimming that:
- Exclude children ill with diarrhea from water-play and swimming activities.
- Exclude children diagnosed with Shigella from water-play and swimming activities for an additional week after their diarrhea has resolved.
- Have children and staff wash their hands before using water tables.
- Have children and staff shower with soap before swimming in the water.
- If a child is too young to shower independently, have staff wash the child, particularly the rear end, with soap and water.
- Take frequent bathroom breaks or check their diapers often.
- Change children's diapers in a diaper-changing area or bathroom and not by the water.
- Discourage children from getting the water in their mouths and swallowing it.
- Prohibit the use of temporary inflatable or rigid fill-and-drain swimming pools and slides because they can spread germs in childcare facilities.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2016
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