Friday, October 2, 2015

Shigella Information Sheet

Shigella: what it is and what you can do to protect yourself and your family
Handwashing is the #1 way to prevent Shigella

What is Shigella?

       Shigella is a bacterial infection that may cause diarrhea, fever stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches and in severe cases, convulsions

       People infected with Shigella may have no symptoms

       ANYONE can get Shigella

       If you come into contact with Shigella, you may not notice symptoms for 1 – 3 days (symptoms usually appear 12 – 96 hours after exposure)

       The Kansas City metro area is experiencing an increase in this infection

How is Shigella spread?

       Shigella is spread when an uninfected person get the feces/stool of an infected person in their mouth

       People can come in contact with Shigella from hands, objects or food handled by someone infected with Shigella

       It only takes a few bacteria, sometimes as few as 10 organisms to make a person sick

What about daycare, work or school?

       Children who attend daycare or adults who work in daycare should not return until they have had one Shigella-free stool culture

       Persons who work in food service or health care should not return to work until they have had two Shigella-free stool cultures

       Persons with diarrhea should not attend school until their diarrhea has been completely gone for at least 24 hours

What else should I know about Shigella?

       Consult your Healthcare Provider if anyone in your household has symptoms of Shigella

       Your Healthcare provider will decide if you need to take antibiotics

Shigella Do’s

       Wash your hands after using the toilet, after assisting a child with toileting or after changing a diaper. Wash the child’s or infant’s hands as well

       Wash your hands before preparing/handling or eating food or beverages

       Clean and sanitize any objects that come into contact with feces. This includes toilets, potty chairs, sinks, toys, and diaper changing areas. Use a product that kills bacteria.

       Wash fresh fruits and vegetables before eating

       Wash and cut melons under running water

Shigella Don’ts

       Don’t take over the-counter anti-diarrheal medications, as they may only make this infection worse.

       Don’t allow play in sand boxes, play-dough or anything else that cannot be cleaned.

       Don’t use a swimming pool, water park, standing water table play or shared baths for at least 2 weeks after the diarrhea has stopped.

What is the best way to wash my hands?

       Wet hands with warm water and apply soap

       Rub soap over tops and palms of each hand, including wrists and fingernails for at least 20 seconds. Hum “Happy Birthday” twice

       Dry hands with a paper towel or allow to air dry


More information for child care providers can be found at the link below on pages 197-199:

 Please contact the Platte County Health Department at 816-858-2412 if you have any additional questions or concerns

Shigella Outbreaks in Daycares & Schools- PLEASE READ

Kansas City, Missouri has recently been experiencing a much higher than normal number of Shigella infections, with over 150 cases so far this year, the majority of which are in children in daycares and elementary schools.  To help keep you and your staff informed  about this very infectious diarrheal illness, please see the attached Shigella information sheet created by the Kansas City Health Department.

For children and workers in a daycare who are diagnosed with Shigella, they require one Shigella-free stool culture before returning to the daycare setting. 

Further information about Shigella for child care providers and schools can also be found at the link below on pages 197-199.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about Shigella, please contact the Platte County Health Department at (816) 858-2412.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Free Training Child Care Providers

Join Diane Craft, Ph.D., a professor of physical education at SUNY Cortland in New York, to learn how to train and motivate child care staff to incorporate fun, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate physical activities into their daily schedules. There is no registration fee and licensed daycare providers will receive up to six clock hours.

Thursday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kansas City Hilton Garden Inn 19677 E. Jackson Drive, Independence, MO

Who should attend? 
Child care and Head Start directors and lead teachers who are working on MOve Smart or other physical activity promotions.  Anyone who actively promotes or coaches physical activity in early childhood, including University Extension Specialists, Child Care Health Consultants, Child Care Aware trainers, local public health agency staff and others.

Click to complete the online registration form. Deadline to register: September 10. For more information, please call 573-522-2820.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Did You Know Inclusion Service Assistance is Available for FREE?

Are you caring for children with special needs and challenging behaviors?

Child Care Providers:
ON-SITE VISITS: Inclusion Specialists are available in each region of the state to provide information about caring for children with special needs. On-site visits and technical assistance is available at no cost to the child care providers or families.

ON-SITE VISITS: Inclusion Specialist will assist families of children with special needs who are being served in the child care setting. Families may contact the Specialist in their area to request a meeting with the child and child care provider.

CHILD CARE REFERRALS: Inclusion Specialists are availbale to assist families find an appropriate child care setting that best meet the child's needs.

Your AREA Inclusion Specialist: Jan Inman 816.509.1668