Friday, May 29, 2009

Officials warn of Shigella

Source of Article:  http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=244825

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- The Grant County Health Department has urged residents to follow good hygiene practices after about 10 cases of Shigella-related illness were reported in the Platteville area.

Shigella is a group of bacteria that can cause shigellosis, an acute bacterial infection of the lining of the intestines. The most common symptom of shigellosis is diarrhea. The illness spreads because of contaminated food or water sources and improper hand washing.

People who have experienced diarrhea symptoms for more than two days should see a physician.

Mild bleach-water solutions or antibacterial wipes can eliminate Shigella bacteria from surfaces.

 

 

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