Indian River County health officials say they have identified an increase in the number of shigellosis cases, an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella.
Shigellosis is an infectious disease that can cause fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. It is very contagious and can spread from person to person.
The illness is common among young children, who usually get infected at daycare or school. People also might get shigellosis due to poor hygiene.
Indian River County residents are urged to properly wash their hands after going to the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing and eating food.
The Shigella disease usually goes away in 5 to 7 days with rest and fluids. But in severe cases, people may need to go to the hospital.
Shigellosis is common in the United States with about a half-million cases every year. It’s far more deadly in poorer countries (about 165 million cases and about 1 million deaths worldwide every year).
“Hand washing is extremely important in controlling the spread of Shigellosis as well as many other illnesses. If you have diarrhea, you should stay home from school or work until 48 hours after symptoms stop,” said Florida Department of Health in Indian River County Administrator Miranda Hawker.
For more information, please visit the CDC Shigella website for contact Florida Department of Health in Indian River County at 772-794-7440.
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