Shigella outbreak hits Ingham County

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – An outbreak of the Shigella infection has the Ingham County Health Department reminding people to wash their hands regularly.

Health officials have confirmed eight Shigella cases in recent weeks and are investigating 30 other possible infections.

On average the county sees eight cases per year.

“To avoid infection, people should thoroughly wash their hands, especially after using the bathroom or diapering a child, and before eating or preparing food,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Hand sanitizer is also effective between hand washings, but it is not a substitute for soap and water.”

Shigellosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection.

Symptoms usually start 1 to 3 days after contact with the bacteria and include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea that may contain blood.

Most cases resolve on their own or with antibiotic treatment within one week.

The bacteria can live on surfaces for several weeks but are easily killed with proper disinfection.

None of the infected county residents needed to be hospitalized and all are recovering.

If you believe you have been infected and are showing the symptoms you should contact your health care provider.

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