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National program spotlights five K-State professors

Five K-State professors are being included in a national online professional development program.

The professors and their students were filmed for the program which, according to KMAN, was launched by the Association of College and University Educators.

“Academic success for our students begins in the classroom,” April Mason, K-State provost and senior vice president, said to KMAN. “And Kansas State University’s exceptional faculty form the foundation of a successful college career.”

KMAN listed four of the five featured professors as Gregory Eiselein, professor of English; Ashley Rhodes, teaching associate professor of biology; Donald Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences; and Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology.

Anthony Middle School addresses recent bacterial infection outbreak

Manhattan’s Anthony Middle School has two confirmed bacterial infection cases of Clostridium Difficile.

The infected include one staff member and one student from the middle school, located at 2501 Browning Ave. Principal Vickie Kline sent a press release to the Little Apple Post with the following message for the community:

“AMS parents/guardians – A staff and student at Anthony Middle school have had confirmed cases of Clostridium Difficile,” Kline said. “Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that can cause symptoms such as watery diarrhea and mild abdominal cramping. Illness from (Clostridium Difficile) most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long-term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications.

The Clostridium Difficile bacteria can be found almost anywhere, according to the Little Apple Post; in air, food products (i.e., processed meats), human and animal feces, soil and water. Healthy individuals can also naturally carry the bacteria in their large intestine without any ill effects.

Though Clostridium Difficile spreads easily, according to the Mayo Clinic it can be resolved within days to weeks. Treatment requires medical diagnosis and typically involves antibiotics.

According to the Little Apple Post, the middle school is following prevention procedures recommended by numerous health care facilities, including the Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Such measures encompass hand-washing and thorough cleaning of surfaces with bleach.