News25 reports the Green River District Health Department is confirming 30 cases of the bacteria illness called Shigella in Daviess County. Now, the Kentucky Department of Public Health is getting involved.
"We haven’t seen anything like this in a while," said GRDHD Regional Epidemiologist Janie Cambron.
NEWS 25 was the first to report health officials were investigating cases of Shigella in Daviess County. Since last Thursday, the number of confirmed cases jumped from 15 to 30. Health officials say none however stem from this past weekend’s Bar-B-Q fest where extra hand sanitizer were distributed.
Two other counties in the state are also reporting high numbers of Shigella. Prompting the state to become part of the investigation.
Of the 30 confirmed cases in Daviess County, 27 are with kids ages 13 and younger. Cambron says she’s talked with many concerned parents asking if their kids should stay home. If they attend a childcare center, they must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning.
A fourth-grade student in Olympia, Washington has won her local science fair by demonstrating that hand sanitizers suck at killing E. coli.
Nine-year-old Celia Vernon won her class science fair at Roosevelt Elementary with an experiment involving a live sample of E. coli. Under the guidance of her father, a biologist with a background in microbiology, Vernon tested several solutions on E.coli, including Purell brand hand sanitizer.
In a side-by-side comparison with common bleach, the E.coli on the Purell side survived. On the bleach side, it died.
The Vernons say they have no bone to pick with Purell, but were surprised to learn it doesn’t kill one of the main dangers associated with exposures from using bathrooms.
A spokesperson for the makers of Purell told KING 5 News that it stands by its claims to kill 99 percent of germs and suggested we contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A CDC spokesperson says they have not studied hand sanitizers specifically on E.coli and recommend hand sanitizers only when soap and water are not available.
I know 99 per cent sounds cool, but considering the volume of bacteria out there, it don’t mean squat.