Calls for hand washing with soap during Shigellosis outbreaks in UK schools

Calls for hand washing with soap during Shigellosis outbreaks in UK schools

Preschool and school children affected by outbreak

Letter have been sent to parents in the Woking and Guildford areas as a number of preschool age children have been stricken by Shigellosis, according to a recent report on the Mirror website.

Danya Bazaraa has written that there have been seventeen confirmed cases of the illness, which “most commonly manifests in schools”. It is highly infectious with symptoms including a high temperature, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

Letters have been sent out to parents by Public Health England South East, which provide information regarding what to do if Shigellosis is contracted and how best to reduce the spread of the infection.

Hand washing with soap and water

The article quotes a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for PHE South East, Dr Kevin Carroll, as saying

“As with so many infections, the best way to avoid catching shigella or passing it to others is by washing your hands very regularly and carefully with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet, changing nappies and before eating or preparing food.

Frequent hand washing

The Daily Star website has also picked up on the outbreak and focuses on the need to undertake frequent as well as effective hand washing.

“There is also a drive for children and adults to be reminded that they should wash their hands with soap and hot water throughout the day, not just after going to the toilet.”

The NHS Choices website advises the importance of effective hand washing techniques during outbreaks of various types of dysentery.

“Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after going to the toilet.”

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