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January 25, 2016: Seven Sickened in Lakeland Shigella Outbreak

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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October 30, 2015: Santa Clara County Public Health Department Provides Mariscos San Juan Food Poisoning Update

Mariscos San Juan Food Poisoning News – The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) reported that as of October 30, 2015, a total of 192 illnesses have been linked to the Mariscos San Juan Shigella outbreak. One hundred fifty-three of those sickened are residents of Santa Clara County, and the remaining 39 outbreak victims reside in other counties. Of the 192 reported cases, 104 are laboratory confirmed for Shigella infection, including 83 confirmed cases from Santa Clara County. There are 21 confirmed cases from other counties including Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Merced counties.

Health officials also reported that nearly all of those sickened ate at the Mariscos San Juan #3 on Friday October 16 and Saturday October 17, 2015. The Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 is located at 205 North 4th Street in San Jose. For now the restaurant remains closed.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department Advice

The SCCPHD asks that “if you ate at Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 (205 N. 4th Street in San Jose) on Friday or Saturday, October 16th or 17th, 2015, and you had sudden onset of diarrhea and fever within 1-2 days after eating there, please seek medical attention so that you can be tested and, if your symptoms are severe, receive treatment.”

Health officials also cautioned that people with diarrhea must not work, especially food service workers, healthcare providers, and childcare workers. Thorough, frequent hand washing is the best defense against infection and spreading the disease.

Diagnosis – A Stool Culture Can Confirm Shigella Food Poisoning

Shigella infection is diagnosed by a stool culture, a laboratory test that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. A stool culture can be ordered by your doctor if he or she thinks that it is appropriate.

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October 22, 2015: Mariscos San Juan Outbreak – 141 Illnesses

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) reported that as of October 22, 2015, a total of 141 illnesses have been linked to the Mariscos San Juan outbreak. One hundred eighteen of those sickened are residents of Santa Clara County, and the remaining 23 outbreak victims reside in other counties. Of the 141 reported cases, 49 are laboratory confirmed for Shigella infection, including 35 confirmed cases from Santa Clara County, and 14 confirmed cases from San Mateo County, Alameda County and Santa Cruz Counties.

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Public Health Officials Continue To Investigate The Mariscos San Juan Outbreak

SCCPHD is working with public health officials from the California Department of Public Health and multiple county health departments to investigate the outbreak. All Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 food handlers are being tested for Shigella infection. Laboratory test results are expected next week.

The Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 is located at 205 North 4th Street in San Jose. For now the restaurant remains closed.

About Shigella

Shigella is a type of bacterium that can cause a gastrointestinal illness referred to as shigellosis, or Shigella food poisoning. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via the fecal to oral route (poop to mouth). The best defense against Shigella is good hygiene including thorough hand washing with soap and water. Persons with Shigella or food poisoning symptoms should not handle food and beverages for others. Childcare workers and healthcare providers should not work if they are experiencing symptoms.

CDC Safety Tip – To learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from infections see the CDC’s advice on proper hand washing “Handwashing – Clean Hands Save Lives.”

Shigella Symptoms and Complications

Shigellosis symptoms may include watery diarrhea; blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements); and malaise. Symptoms may appear within 8 hours to as late as 2 days after consuming Shigella contaminated food, water, or beverages. Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all, yet they may still pass the bacteria to others.

Uncomplicated cases of shigellosis usually resolve in 5-7 days. While the illness is often mild, the elderly, young children, and immunocompromised may be more likely to develop severe complications including, rectal bleeding, mucosal ulceration, and/or diarrhea and dehydration. Shigella can be very serious and in rare cases the infection can be fatal.

Complications of shigellosis can also include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), or Reiter’s Syndrome (reactive arthritis)

What You Can Do If You were Sickened In The Mariscos San Juan Outbreak

Santa Clara County Public Health Department Advice

The SCCPHD asks that “if you ate at Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 (205 N. 4th Street in San Jose) on Friday or Saturday, October 16th or 17th, 2015, and you had sudden onset of diarrhea and fever within 1-2 days after eating there, please seek medical attention so that you can be tested and, if your symptoms are severe, receive treatment.”

Health officials also cautioned that people with diarrhea must not work, especially food service workers, healthcare providers, and childcare workers. Thorough, frequent hand washing is the best defense against infection and spreading the disease.

Diagnosis – A Stool Culture Can Confirm Shigella Food Poisoning

Shigella infection is diagnosed by a stool culture, a laboratory test that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. A stool culture can be ordered by your doctor if he or she thinks that it is appropriate.

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October 20, 2015: Mariscos San Juan Shigella Outbreak – More Than 80 Sickened

Outbreak Update News – According to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) more than 80 persons have been sickened with gastrointestinal illness symptoms including fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea following a Shigella outbreak linked to Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3. The Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 is located at 205 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA. The SCCPHD reported that 15 the illnesses have been laboratory confirmed for the foodborne pathogen, Shigella.

SCCPHD Closes Mariscos San Juan – Restaurant #3

On October 18, 2015, the SCCPHD closed down Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3. According to public health officials it “will remain closed until the safety of the public can be assured. All possible sources of contamination are currently being investigated.”

About Shigella and Shigellosis

Shigella is a type of bacterium that can cause a foodborne illness an referred to as shigellosis. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via the fecal to oral route (poop to mouth). The best defense against Shigella infections is good hygiene including thorough hand washing with soap and water. Persons with Shigella or food poisoning symptoms should not handle food and beverages for others.

Common examples of how Shigella is spread from person to person include:

• Infected food handlers can contaminate food and beverages if they do not adequately wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom;
• Consuming produce grown in sewage contaminated fields;
• Flies, which breed in infected feces and then contaminate food;
• Drinking or swimming in Shigella contaminated water. Water may become contaminated if sewage runs into it, or if someone with shigellosis swims in it.

Shigella Symptoms and Complications

Shigellosis symptoms may include watery diarrhea; blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements); and malaise. Symptoms may appear within 8 hours to as late as 2 days after consuming Shigella contaminated food, water, or beverages. Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all, yet they may still pass the bacteria to others.

Uncomplicated cases of shigellosis usually resolve in 5-7 days. While the illness is often mild, the elderly, young children, and immunocompromised may be more likely to develop severe complications including, rectal bleeding, mucosal ulceration, and/or diarrhea and dehydration. Shigella can be very serious and in rare cases the infection can be fatal.

Complications of shigellosis can also include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), or Reiter’s Syndrome (reactive arthritis)

SCCPHD Advice For Those Who May Have Been Sickened In The Mariscos San Juan Shigella Outbreak

The SCCPHD asks that “if you ate Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 (205 N. 4th Street in San Jose) on Friday or Saturday, October 16th or 17th, 2015, and you had sudden onset of diarrhea and fever within 1-2 days after eating there, please seek medical attention so that you can be tested and, if your symptoms are severe, receive treatment.”

Shigella Diagnosis – A Stool Culture Can Confirm Your Infection

Infection with Shigella is diagnosed by a stool culture, a laboratory test that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. A stool culture can be ordered by your doctor if he or she thinks that it is appropriate.

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June 26, 2012: New York Shigella Outbreak – Onondaga County

New York Shigella Outbreak Update – On June 26th, confirmed and probable cases of Shigella have increased to 34, 9 more than the week before. Onondaga County is in the northeast of New York State and includes Syracuse which is the largest city in the county. According to Dr. Cynthia Morrow, the county’s health commissioner, about half of all infected people are under the age of 10.

As of now, there is no confirmed source of the Shigella bacteria. Dr. Morrow is recommending people sickened to stay home, and everyone else to make sure they wash their hands after using the restroom and before handling food. Investigations have shown that the infection is being spread through a combination of contaminated food and person to person transmission.

Symptoms of Shigella food poisoning, or shigellosis, may include watery diarrhea; blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements); and malaise. Symptoms may appear as early as 14 hours, to as late as 4 days after consuming Shigella contaminated food. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5-7 days.

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