Shigella Cases On The Rise In Iredell County


by Libby Weihsmann

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. - The Iredell County Health Department has issued an alert after an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with Shigella. 

According to health officials, most Shigella infections are the result of bacteria passing from improperly washed hands of one person to the mouth of another person, often through handling contaminated objects or food.

The Health Department is encouraging people to wash their hands and stay home from work or school if they have diarrhea, stomach cramping or a fever. 

Some infected people may not show any symptoms, and officials say that Shigella infections are more common in toddlers that are not fully toilet-trained. 

Officials are asking those with symptoms to see a healthcare provider.

Click here to read the full release from the Iredell County Health Department.


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