The Shigellosis outbreak that has affected the Borough Park and Williamsburg areas of Brooklyn appears to have found its way into Spring Valley, Rockland County, according to a CBS New York TV news report Saturday.

Shigella image/CDC
Shigella image/CDC

Rockland County health officials say that 17 cases of the gastrointestinal bacterial infection have been reported in January, while 49 cases were seen in the last two months of 2014.

Dr. Oscar Alleyne with the Rockland County Health Department said, “We are beginning to see it spread in other counties, not only Rockland as well”. The spread may be from the outbreak in Brooklyn that has sickened more than 80 people since November.

“To be honest, our boundaries are never really boundaries as people travel back and forth all the time”, Dr Alleyne adds.

Related: Shigella outbreak strikes 43 in Brooklyn Jewish community in past month

The CDC says Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most who are infected with Shigella developdiarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. Some people who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still pass the Shigella bacteria to others. The spread of Shigella can be stopped by frequent and careful handwashing with soap and taking other hygiene measures.

Related: Indiana reports 10-times the Shigella cases in 2014

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