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Shigellosis on the rise, 150 cases confirmed in KC

Shigellosis is transmitted by direct or indirect fecal-oral contact with a person having symptoms.

Shigellosis is an infectious diarrheal disease caused by bacteria; parents with children in daycare and elementary school advised to coach proper hand-washing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department is warning parents Friday after noticing a large outbreak of shigellosis among children in daycare and elementary school.

Shigellosis is an infectious diarrheal disease caused by bacteria.

Health officials say there are now 150 cases of shigellosis, and all but 16 have been since July 1. The Health Department says there are typically only 10 cases per year.

According to the Health Department, shigellosis is transmitted by direct or indirect fecal-oral contact with a person having symptoms. Health officials add that an infected person is contagious from the time they start having symptoms to the time they are no longer showing symptoms.

“What is also concerning is that that we are seeing three different strains of shigella that are resistant to certain antibiotics,” said Tiffany Wilkinson, Acting Communicable Disease Prevention Division Manager. “It only takes a few bacteria, sometimes as little as 10 organisms, to infect someone.”

Symptoms of shigellosis include: abdominal pain or cramps, fever, watery diarrhea, stool with blood or mucous tenesmus (the urge to continue to go to the bathroom when your bowels are empty), vomiting and fever, a notable complication among young children may be convulsions.

According to the Kansas City Health Department to prevent shigellosis or any other foodborne illness: Wash your hands frequently, thoroughly and correctly with soap and warm water and use paper towels for drying. Educate smaller children regarding proper hand washing techniques and supervise hand washing.

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