Brooksville, Florida – In response to a recent Shigella outbreak in several Citrus County day care centers, The Hernando County Health Department is working to educate local residents about the bacteria. Symptoms of Shigella can include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever and usually start within 1-7 days of exposure. Symptoms may be mild to severe.

Citrus County health officials are working quickly to contain the outbreak. Until that time, the Hernando County Health Department has advised local day care centers not to accept new enrollees from Citrus County.

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