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Shigellosis Hits St. Louis Hard

Fred Bodimer
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A nasty intestinal disease called shigellosis continues to hit parts of the St. Louis area.

“The most common symptom is diarrhea, but you can occasionally see other symptoms such as stomach cramping, nausea, occasionally fever and vomiting but those aren’t quite as common,” says St. Louis County Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre. “But the most common symptom is definitely diarrhea.”

LeFebvre says they’ve had 71 cases reported so far this year, compared to just two last year at this time. In St. Louis City, there have been 55 cases so far, but, like the flu, many of the cases go unreported.

“The most important step that we’re encouraging everyone to take is to make sure that they’re engaged in proper handwashing,” LeFebvre says. “That means washing your hands every time you go to the bathroom, every time you change a baby’s diaper, and before and after you eat.”

LaFebvre says many of these cases have occurred among the staff and attendees of daycare centers and their families.

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