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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August 11, 2011: Shigella and Crypto Outbreaks Reported In Kentucky

Kentucky Shigella Outbreak – On August 11, 2011, the Northern Kentucky Health Department reported on two separate outbreaks of infectious diarrheal disease known as shigellosis and cryptosporidiosis, while encouraging northern Kentucky residents to take measures to protect themselves and help stop the spread of these illnesses.

According to public health officials, since April of this year, more than 125 cases of shigellosis, or Shigella infection, have been reported in Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton Counties. In a typical year, about 25 cases of shigellosis are reported.

Shigellosis is an illness caused by a group of pathogenic bacteria known as Shigella. Symptoms of Shigella infection 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.

Health officials also announced that 7 cases of cryptosporidiosis have been reported since June 1. Typically four cases of cryptosporidiosis, also known as crypto, are reported for the entire year.

Cryptosporidiosis, refers to a gastrointestinal infection caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium. Symptoms may include stomach cramps or pain, watery diarrhea (the most common symptom), fever, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, malaise, malnutrition and weight loss (in more severe cases). Symptoms may occur 1 to 10 days after infection and will last for approximately 2 weeks in healthy individuals. Symptoms can be much more severe and even life-threatening in the immuno-compromised.

In addition to staying home from work and school, and avoiding swimming pools when ill, the Health Department recommends the following measures:

•Wash your hands frequently, including before preparing food, after using the restroom, after changing a diaper and before and after caring for someone who is sick. Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds, and use soap and water.
•Anyone who has had diarrhea should wait for at least two weeks after feeling better before going swimming.
•Don’t change diapers at poolside.
•Take frequent bathroom breaks while at the pool.
•When shopping and at other public places, utilize hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes for carts when available or bring your own to use. If you notice that a public restroom is dirty, alert management.

Residents can visit the Kentucky Health Department’s web site at www.nkyhealth.org for more information.

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April 30, 2011: Shigella Outbreak Linked To Missouri Elementary School

Missouri School Shigella Outbreak – Five confirmed cases of shigellosis have been reported at the Emerson Elementary School in Joplin, Missouri. Shigellosis is a bacterial infection caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella.

Symptoms of Shigella infection 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.

Letters from the school district were sent home to the families of Emerson Elementary School students on Friday, warning of the outbreak and describing the steps that are being taken to prevent others from becoming ill.

According to public health officials, the first Shigella illness related to the outbreak was reported in early April. The source of the infections is still unknown.

What You Can Do If You Suspect Shigellosis

If you suspect that you or a family member has contracted Shigella, or you are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Shigella infection. Let your doctor know that your child attends the school where the outbreak has occurred. You should also report illnesses to the Joplin Health Department. Often the health department can assist with testing if warranted.

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March 5, 2010: Health Department Investigating Possible Subway Shigella Outbreak

Subway Shigella Outbreak News – The DuPage County Health Department reported that as of March 5, 2010, twelve cases of shigellosis linked to a Subway Restaurant in Lombard have been confirmed. At least seven of those sickened were hospitalized as a result of their illness.

Dozens of non-confirmed cases were also reported, and the total number of those sickened in the outbreak will likely increased.

DuPage County Health Department Advice

The DuPage County Health Department asks anyone who became ill approximately 12 hours to 4 days after eating at the Subway located at 1009 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard from February 24 through March 1, 2010, to report their illness to the health department by calling (630) 682-7400. By reporting your illness, you can help public health officials determine the cause of the Shigella outbreak and prevent others from becoming sick.

Shigellosis Symptoms

Shigellosis is a foodborne illness caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. The illness is characterized by diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, fever, and stomach cramps, beginning anywhere from 12 hours to 4 days after eating food contaminated with Shigella. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via fecal to oral contact. In the case of Shigella foodborne illness, contaminated food, which may look, smell, and taste normal, is consumed. Food can become contaminated with Shigella by food handlers who do not adequately wash their hands with soap after using the bathroom, or by using produce from sewage contaminated fields.

If you are experiencing Shigella food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Shigella infection. Let your doctor know that you ate at the Subway Restaurant.

Shigella Outbreak Victims

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March 5, 2010: DuPage County Investigates Possible Illinois Subway Shigella Outbreak

Lombard, Illinois Subway Shigella Outbreak Investigation News – The DuPage County Health Department reports that 12 cases of shigellosis linked to a Subway Restaurant in Lombard, Illinois, have been confirmed as of March 5, 2010. Dozens of non-confirmed cases have also been reported according to health officials.

Report Your Illness To Your Health Department

By reporting your foodborne illness to the health department, you can help public health officials determine the cause of this Shigella outbreak and help bring it to a halt. The DuPage County Health Department asks that anyone who became ill approximately 12 hours to 4 days after eating at the Subway located at 1009 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard, IL, from February 24 through March 1 2010, report their illness to the health department by calling (630) 682-7400.

Put Your Health First

Contact your healthcare professional if you are experiencing Shigella food poisoning symptoms. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Shigella infection. Let your doctor know if you ate food from the Subway restaurant in question.

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Shigellosis Symptoms

Shigellosis is a foodborne illness caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. The illness is characterized by diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, fever, and stomach cramps, beginning anywhere from 12 hours to 4 days after eating food contaminated with Shigella. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via fecal to oral contact. In the case of Shigella foodborne illness, contaminated food, which may look, smell, and taste normal, is consumed. Food can become contaminated with Shigella by food handlers who do not adequately wash their hands with soap after using the bathroom, or by using produce from sewage contaminated fields.

Contact Attorney Eric Weinberg For A Free Shigella Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Personal Injury Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg is currently assisting individuals sickened in the Shigella outbreak that may be linked to a Subway restaurant located in Lombard, Illinois. We are ready to help you too. If you believe that you are an outbreak victim, call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274 for a free Subway Shigella Outbreak legal case evaluation.

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