The Commissioner of Health for Onondaga County in New York state, announced on June 22, 2012 that there are 15 lab confirmed and 10 probable cases of shigellosis in that county. More cases are expected as the investigation continues.
Shigellosis is an infectious disease called by a group of bacteria called Shigella is associated with consuming water or food products contaminated with fecal matter. The incubation period is 1 – 3 days. Many people who are infected with Shigella develop fever, painful bloody or mucous diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5 – 7 days. The disease is often worse in some patients, especially children, in whom medical treatment is required and sometimes can develop neurological complications.
To avoid spreading Shigella bacteria, follow these tips: