Rise in Shigella cases prompts health warning in Lexington, KY | Outbreak News Today Outbreak News Today
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An increase in gastrointestinal illnesses has the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encouraging parents, schools, daycare centers, food service workers and healthcare providers to take precautionary actions to prevent its spread.



Shigellosis is a highly contagious form of diarrhea caused by Shigella bacteria and is spread through person-to-person contact. Symptoms last 48-72 hours and include severe diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. To prevent Shigellosis, the health department offers the following tips:

  • Wash hands with soap carefully and frequently, especially after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers and before preparing food or beverages.
  • Do not prepare food for others while ill with diarrhea.
  • Sick children and adults should stay home until cleared by a doctor to return to school or work.
  • Keep children with diarrhea out of childcare settings and common play areas.
  • Supervise hand-washing of toddlers and small children after they use the toilet.
  • Dispose of soiled diapers properly.
  • Disinfect diaper-changing areas after using them.
  • Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes or untreated pools.


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