Published On: Fri, Dec 6th, 2013

Woodbury County Shigella outbreak continues to climb, total cases now at 155

In a follow-up to the shigella outbreak in Woodbury County, Iowa, health officials with Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD) have reported the case count has increased to 155, up from 105 reported approximately 10 days ago.

The colonial morphology displayed by a Shigella species bacteria cultivated on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar surface Image/CDC

The colonial morphology displayed by a Shigella species bacteria cultivated on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar surface

In a posting on the SDHD Facebook page Wednesday, health officials state, “Many schools and daycares have had cases and we know that many cases are still going undiagnosed.

“Remember, people that have Shigella and are untreated can be infectious for up to 4 weeks after diarrhea has gone away.

“There has been a lot of variety with symptoms. So just because you don’t have every listed symptom, doesn’t mean you don’t have it.

“There have been some instances where medicines such as amoxicillin and Bactrim have failed to clear the bacteria. Azithromycin has been working in the cases that we’ve seen at the SDHD lab.”

Shigellosis is an infection of the gut caused by the bacterium, Shigella.  Most people become ill in the summer and early fall, according to the SDHD. 

A person infected with Shigella may have mild to severe diarrhea, fever, and painful bloody, mucous stools.  Some infected person may not have any symptoms.

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