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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

Moultrie, GA (WALB) - A Colquitt County School voluntarily was closed Friday because nearly a fourth of its students were out sick this week.

Dozens of students and teachers at the Culbertson Head Start program were out this week because of a bacterial infection.

The Southwest Georgia Health District has confirmed that a child enrolled at the school has Shigella and that children and adults at the school have experienced symptoms consistent with the infection. As many as 50 students and teachers were out sick this week. Health Department officials today explained how the outbreak may have started.

"It's my understanding that a kid got sick at school and had diarrhea and had an accident and it could have spread from that one incident," said Environmental Health Specialist Glenn Donnelly.

Symptoms of Shigella infection include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and stomach cramps. Over the counter diarrhea medication will only worsen the illness. It should be treated by a doctor with antibiotics. The health department sent letters home with all of Colquitt County's students to inform the community of the outbreak.

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