Spike in Shigella Cases Creates Concern in Kansas City

Authorities have been concerned about an uptick in the number of reported shigella (which causes shigellosis) cases in the Kansas City area. Shigella symptoms include vomiting, diahhrea and strong cramps. Nationally, concern has been on-going that shigella bacteria are becoming more resistant to antibiotics.

According to the KCTV 5 website,

"About 60 students at Faxon Elementary School, 1320 E. 32nd Terr., have become ill and could have shigella, the health department says. It hasn't been confirmed yet, but the symptoms are similar and the metro is dealing with a shigella outbreak."

Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Shigella causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually 1. There are four different species of Shigella:

  • Shigella sonnei (the most common species in the United States)
  • Shigella flexneri
  • Shigella boydii
  • Shigella dysenteriae

(S. dysenteriae and S. boydii are rare in the United States.)


Cleaning the Unseen (Flipbook)

Disinfectants are different from antibiotics in that they are not designed for use with humans, but instead to help control harmful germs externally on general surfaces in the environment before those germs can picked up and ingested by humans. (Ingestion is just one portal of entry for harmful "pathogens.") Once a person is infected, and antibiotics are required, the process is much more expensive and uncomfortable for the victim.

Not all disinfectants kill all forms of germs. There are several ways in which disinfectants achieve control. Newer methods are generally considered safer, and easier on the environment, than older, more toxic methods. The first method listed below, for example, uses modified water (converted to stabilized aqueous ozone) to achieve disinfection. All the methods below are EPA-Registered for specific shigella bacteria types. Please click on the disinfection method to see the efficacy data.

Note that all disinfection methods require 

PUR-O-ZONE Stocking Disinfectants Registered to Kill Shigella

LOTUS PRO - Stabilized aqueous ozone from water disinfectant
KAIBOSH - Touch-free restroom cleaning system disinfectant
Q.T. - Quaternary disinfectant
RE-JUV-NAL - Hospital grade disinfectant

MRSA Watch Page May Provide Additional Assistance

MRSA incidences are also up this fall. Please visit our MRSA Watch page for information on breaking the cross-contamination cycle, what products help control MRSA and how to deal with active MRSA cases. The methodology for controlling microorganisms in the workplace or school environment is called cleaning for health, and is similar for most threats.

MRSA Watch