The Shigella Blog provides information about Shigella, the symptons and risks of infection, testing and detection of Shigellosis, and how to prevent the spread of the Shigella bacterium. This blog is authored by Bill Marler of Marler Clark, LLP, PS.
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According to press reports, the Escambia County Health Department has reminded the public that people can reduce the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses by practicing simple hygiene. "We like to be proactive about this, and we've started seeing cases of Shigella, or shigellosis, which is a...
After a person has recovered from shigellosis, Shigella bacteria remain active for a week or two. It is even possible for a person to be infected with Shigella without exhibiting symptoms. Individuals who exhibit no symptoms are known as asymptomatic, but can pass the illness on to...
According to press reports, two Maplewood Elementary School children have been infected with shigellosis, the illness caused by Shigella infection. The Marion County Health Department contacted Maplewood officials on Wednesday, informing them that two students had contracted the illness;...
A new study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, found that the rate of outbreaks caused by unpasteurized milk (raw milk) and unpasteurized milk products was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk. In...
Shigella bacteria cause human illness when they are ingested, and can lead to Shigella infection, or shigellosis, through various modes of transmission, including through food and water sources, animal-to-human contact, and person-to-person contact in daycares and other settings. Improper...
Shigellosis cases continue to rise in Louisville, with 18 laboratory-confirmed cases last week. That’s the highest number in any week so far during the current outbreak, which has seen 84 confirmed cases in 13 weeks. Shigellosis is a highly-contagious diarrhea illness caused by Shigella...
Twenty-one cases of Shigella had been confirmed in eastern Cuyahoga County and western Lake County as of Jan. 20, and more cases were reported this week, according to officials of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Some cases have occurred in the Orthodox Jewish community. "The Academy's health...
WDRB reports that Jefferson County Kentucky schools are currently seeing a significant increase in Shigella illnesses: In the last few months health officials say they've noticed the increase in Shigellosis. A letter went out to all schools on Wednesday from the health department and will...
Alabama's 13 reports that the local health department has notified the school board for Springville Elementary, Middle, and High Schools that at least 6 students have tested positive for shigella. There have also been 2 possible additional cases. This has resulted in the...
There has been a noticeable spike in Shigella infections throughout Florida and Georgia (the First Coast). In Florida, for example, there were 1,213 reported Shigella infections in 2010. This year, there has been 2,218 cases. The reason for the spike is not currently known, although the Duval...