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Shigellosis infections reported in Linn County

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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - An illness characterized by diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting is showing up in Linn County.

A cluster of Shigellosis, an infection that causes watery and sometimes bloody diarrhea, has given health officials cause for concern.

The Linn County Public Health Department and the Iowa Department of Public Health issued a press release Thursday warning those with symptoms of Shigellosis to stay home.

The infection is spread through person-to-person contact, according to health officials. Symptoms including diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps usually show up one to three days after infection.

Shigellosis is caused by a bacterium called Shigella. It typically goes away without treatment after about a week, though antibiotic treatment is occasionally needed.

People can prevent spreading the disease by washing their hands before coming into contact with people or food, and staying home if sick.

"The best way to prevent the spread of Shigella is by frequent and careful hand washing with soap and warm water," said Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director of Linn County Public Health.

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