Shigellosis on the Rise in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Health officials in St. Louis County are asking parents to help them stop the spread of Shigellosis.

There’s been a sharp uptick in the number of Shigella cases in daycare and school-age children, according to St. Louis County health director Dr. Faisal Khan.

Shigellosis is a bacterial infection that’s easily transmitted from person to person, with the primary symptom being diarrhea.

Patients may also experience stomach cramping, nausea, fever and vomiting.

Authorities say the best way to stop the spread of Shigella is through proper hand washing.

Parents should also make sure that children with diarrhea don’t attend school or daycare.

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