Adelaide in Southern Australia has an outbreak of Shigella, ABC News is reporting tonight (4/2/08).

Director of the infectious diseases control branch, Ann Koehler, says cases of the illness, known as shigella, have been reported across Adelaide.

Dr Koehler says it is one of the few types of gastro needing treatment with antibiotics because it can spread rapidly.

She says anyone with gastro symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, fever or nausea needs to pay special attention to hygiene and should not return to work or school or prepare food for 24 hours after symptoms ease.

The ABC report with map can be found here.