October 17, 2016: Health Officials Report An Increase In Ingham County Shigella Infections

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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Since 1984, Attorney Eric Weinberg has represented personal injury victims, including those injured in food poisoning outbreaks. If you have a question regarding a Shigella Lawsuit, please call the Personal Injury Lawyers at The Weinberg Law Firm. Please see Talcum Powder Cancer and Salmonella Lawsuit to learn about our other areas of product litigation.


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