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Updated: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:39:41 CST

Pneumonia and pink eye are in the air in the Hastings area. News 5's Ginger ten Bensel has more in this week's edition of What's Going Around.

Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says she's seeing strep throat... plus she hospitalized a two year old with shigella.  The toddler was extremely sick and dehydrated.

Shigella is an intestinal illness that causes diarrhea and vomiting.

People with shigella are more at risk for Hemolytic Uremic syndrome even kidney failure.

Symptoms of shigella include fever, cramping, and bloody stools.

You can catch the illness by ingesting contaminated food or water.

Usually it goes away on its own within 72 hours.  So keep hydrated and keep your electrolytes up.

If shigella is extremely severe a patient may need antibiotics.

Signs of dehydration are lethargic and difficulty waking up, poor skin color and decreased urine output.

Kutilek also had a teenage patient with croup. This is extremely unusual. You generally see croup in small children.

Croup causes inflammation in the air ways.  The patient's airways were really inflamed along with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.