WTVQ Channel 36
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
The number or Shigella cases in Fayette County has skyrocketed since June. On June 2, The Fayette County Health Department reported 22 known cases. Now there are new cases, bringing the total to 55.
The 33 new cases are being reported mainly in small children and many have been associated with day care facilities in Fayette County.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and cramps.
The best way to prevent the disease is through thorough hand washing, especially after using the restroom.
Parents unable to get a doctors appointment for a child with symptoms should call T.J. Sugg for a culture kit and instructions on how to use it.