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

New York Shigella Outbreak Update РOn 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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