Missouri "shigella outbreak" shigellosis

Health department officials think outbreak of illness may be contained
January 22, 2006
Kathleen O’Dell
STOCKTON – Cedar County Health Department officials think they may have contained an outbreak of shigellosis, an illness that causes diarrhea and can lead to severe dehydration.
In recent weeks officials confirmed 18 cases and seven probable cases of the disease, which is caused by the shigella family of bacteria, said Linda Mann, manager of community services. She has not seen any new cases reported in the past week, and credits the school system for helping educate parents and children on proper prevention methods ó handwashing with soap.

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