October 30, 2011: Anderson County, NC Shigella Outbreak

Anderson County Shigella Outbreak News – On October 27, 2011, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced that 20 culture-confirmed cases of Shigella infection and 61 symptomatic probable cases of Shigella infection were reported in connection with an outbreak at the Honea Path Elementary School. The outbreak has affected students; school faculty and staff; and the family members of students attending Honea Path Elementary.

Symptoms Of Shigella Infection (shigellosis)

Shigellosis is an infection caused by the pathogenic bacterium, Shigella. Symptoms of shigellosis may include watery diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, straining to have bowel movements, and malaise. Symptoms may appear as early as 14 hours, to as late as 4 days after ingesting the bacteria. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5-7 days. Infants, small children, and seniors may be more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications. Individuals are infected via a fecal to oral route, so proper hand washing and hygiene can help prevent the spread of the bacteria.

A stool sample or rectal swab can be cultured for the presence of Shigella. Anderson County residents can also contact the Region 1 Outbreak Response Team at: (864) 260-4358.

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If you are diagnosed with Shigella, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation from the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg by submitting the easy to use Shigella Lawsuit form found on this page. You can also call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.


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