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Shigellosis Update from ACHHS

The investigation by Amador County Health and Human Services continues into the recent outbreak of Shigellosis, as more people have gone in for testing.  Officials now say the source of the outbreak isn’t so much the issue anymore; it’s now the people who are infected in the community.  The disease is caused by a bacterium called Shigella, which can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, and is responsible for nearly 500,000 cases of diarrhea annually according to the Centers for Disease Control.  A few of the most common ways the bacteria spreads is through unclean water and food prepared by someone infected with the bacteria.  Not everyone shows signs of infection, but may still spread the bacteria to others.  Most of those infected do not need to seek medical treatment but the illness can be serious in young children, the elderly, and people with other health conditions.  The primary concern with Shigellosis is dehydration.   ACHHS recommends anyone who believes they may have contracted the bacteria to stay home, wash their hands frequently and contact their health provide to help prevent the spread of the disease.                                                                    

Written by KVGC Staff

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