Ingham County Shigella Announcement – On October 17, 2016, the Ingham County Health Department reported that eight cases of Shigella infection (shigellosis) have been confirmed in recent weeks, and approximately 30 additional cases are under investigation. This is in sharp contrast to the eight cases of shigellosis that the county typically sees in one year. Residents are asked to be vigilant with their hand washing.

Ingham County Shigella Prevention Advice

Ingham County Health Department provided the following information regarding Shigella and how to prevent Shigella infection.

Shigellosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Symptoms usually start 1 to 3 days after contact with the bacteria and include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea that may contain blood. Most cases resolve on their own or with antibiotic treatment within one week.

“To avoid infection, people should thoroughly wash their hands, especially after using the bathroom or diapering a child, and before eating or preparing food,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Hand sanitizer is also effective between hand washings, but it is not a substitute for soap and water.”

Shigella bacteria can live on surfaces for several weeks, but are easily killed with proper disinfection such as diluted bleach solution. Ill persons must be symptom free for at least 48 hours before returning to work, school, or daycare to help prevent the spread of the infection.

Put your health first. If you experience symptoms of Shigella infection, see your health care provider. For information on preventing shigellosis, you can call the Ingham County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Division at (517) 887-4308 or visit hd.ingham.org.

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Flint Shigella Outbreak

Residents of Flint, Michigan in Genesee County are experiencing an outbreak of Shigella, a bacteria that can cause diarrhea (sometimes bloody); blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements, even when the bowel is empty); and malaise.

The Genesee County Health Department believe the Flint Shigella outbreak to be connected to an a water contamination crisis in Flint that has lead to residents changing their water-usage habits, including avoiding hand washing. Hand washing is the easiest way to prevent spreading Shigella infection.

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The Flint Water Crisis

In an effort to balance the town’s budget, the state changed Flint’s water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. After Flint citizens’ unanswered appeals to the government to test the safety of the brown water coming from their taps, independent researchers from Virginia Tech found the water contained high amounts of lead. Upon this discovery, the state faced serious public scrutiny, and citizens of Flint faced serious potential health problems from exposure to the tainted water.

County Health Department Response to Flint Shigella Outbreak

The average of Shigella infection is about 20 cases per year. In Genesee county, however, there have been 76 confirmed of shigellosis since October of last year.

In response to this alarming spread of the Flint Shigella outbreak, the county is now launching a mass “hand-washing campaign” in conjunction with the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Shigella Complications

The elderly, young children, and immunocompromised may be more likely to develop severe diarrhea and dehydaration, mucosal ulceration, and rectal bleeding. Potential complications of shigellosis may include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, or Reiter’s Syndrome (reactive arthritis).

New Mexico Shigella News – The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating an increase in Shigella sonnei illnesses, mainly affecting Lea and Eddy counties. Most of the 36 confirmed illnesses occurred in children and were associated with childcare centers .

About Shigella

Shigella is a type of bacterium, capable of causing an illness known as shigellosis. According to the New Mexico Health Department:

“…..shigellosis is characterized by diarrhea, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting, cramps, and toxemia (blood poisoning from toxins produced by the bacteria). The diarrhea will often contain blood and mucus. The time between infection and the onset of symptoms varies from 1 to 7 days, but is typically 1-3 days. Possible complications from Shigella infections include post-infectious arthritis, blood stream infections (although rare), seizures, and hemolytic-uremic syndrome or HUS.”

The best defense against Shigella infection is good hygiene including thorough hand washing with soap and water.

Shigella is very contagious, and is transmitted from person to person via the fecal to oral route. The illness can spread rapidly in schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, and in any other setting where hand washing and other hygiene habits are poor. Infected toddlers, not yet fully toilet-trained, can spread the illness to family members and playmates. Infected food handlers, practicing poor hand washing procedures, have been linked to past restaurant Shigella outbreaks.

Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher advised “If your child is sick, please do not take him/her to daycare. This will only spread this illness to other children and their families. If you think that your child may have Shigella, please take your child to their healthcare provider to be tested.”

Shigella Food Poisoning Diagnosis

Infection with Shigella is diagnosed through laboratory testing that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. This is referred to as a “stool culture,” and can be ordered by your doctor.

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On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finished the creation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This action was marked by the completion of the seventh final piece of regulation.

FSMA Regulation Finalized

This new rule signifies the completion of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to prevent wide-scale risks to public health by requiring national and international companies to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply.
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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The new regulation was established in order to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

FDA Issues New FSMA Regulation

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., incoming deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, FDA, explains the need for this new regulation. “Today’s final rule on intentional adulteration will further strengthen the safety of an increasingly global and complex food supply. The rule will work in concert with other components of FSMA by preventing food safety problems before they occur.”

The New FSMA Regulation Details According to the FDA Press Release

In establishing this unprecedented oversight, the FDA requires domestic and foreign food facilities to complete and maintain a written food defense plan that assesses their potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination where the intent is to cause wide-scale public health harm.

Food manufacturers are required to comply with the new regulation within three to five years after publication of the final rule, depending on the size of the business. The rule was proposed in December 2013 and takes into consideration more than 200 comments submitted by the food industry, government regulatory partners, consumer advocates and others.

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Lakeland Shigella Outbreak News

Between December 2015 and January 2016, four patients and three employees at Lakeland Behavioral Health in Springfield, Missouri were sickened with Shigella.

Shigella infection (also referred to as shigellosis) is an illness caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella.

Typical symptoms of Shigella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody); blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements, even when the bowel is empty); and malaise. Symptoms may appear as early as 8 hours to as late as 2 days after consuming Shigella contaminated food or after coming into contact with Shigella bacteria.

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Preventing and Treating the Spread of Shigella

Kendra Findley, administrator of community health and epidemiology for the city of Springfield, explains, “Shigella is dangerous because it is so easily spread.”

Findley continued to provide instruction on how to best prevent Shigella outbreaks: “The best thing you can do is personal hygiene. Washing hands often with soap and water is the number one thing for patients and employees, then disinfect common surfaces within the workplace environment and patient environment.”

In the face of the Lakeland Shigella outbreak, Findley recommended that Lakeland isolate the sick patients and tell sick employees to stay home.

She elaborated on the Lakeland Shigella outbreak, explaining that those who have already contracted Shigella simply need to take an antibiotic to kill the bacteria off from the gastrointestinal tract.

“We are still working closely with Lakeland to make sure that the outbreak is under control and will continue to work with them till we are at a point that we have no new disease transmission,” Findley concluded.

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