Shigellosis Outbreak in Jackson

By: Natalie Johnson
By: Natalie Johnson

Jackson County is experiencing a Shigellosis Outbreak. So far there are seven confirmed cases, but more are predicted to surface. The Jackson County Health Department does not know where or who the outbreak stems from, as the cases are not in one isolated area.

Shigellosis is most commonly contracted through children because they have less hygienic tendencies, but the disease can spread to people of any age. Shigella is a bacteria spread by oral-fecal contact and symptoms include: bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps. The best prevention method is to wash hands with soap and warm water.


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