Muskegon County health officials issue illness advisory

Posted By: WZZM 13

 

Source of Article:  http://www.wzzm13.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=100787&catid=2

 

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - County health officials are investigating a rise in gastrointestinal complaints tied to Shigella. 

 

Lab tests have confirmed that some of the reported illnesses came from a common strain of Shigella bacteria.

 

The bacteria, which spread through feces, can cause fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.  Experts say the symptoms usually last four to seven days, but can continue for several weeks.

 

Shigella can be treated with antibiotics. 

 

Heath officials advise residents to properly wash their hands, especially when handling diapers or after going to the restroom.

 

                                                                        

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