By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the shigella outbreak in Jerash, Jordan, the Director of Jerash Governmental Hospital, Sadiq Al-Atoum, said the number of shigellosis cases recorded in Jerash has risen by 22 cases, bringing the total number to 80.


At least 16 people are still being treated.

The Director of Communicable Diseases, Ali Zitawi, said that all of the patients are under the age of 12 and suffered from the same symptoms: abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

Health authorities in Jordan continue to collect samples from water sources, restaurants and bakeries in Jerash and Ajloun to determine the source of the Shigella bacteria.

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The outbreak has prompted officials to suspend schools for a day and may extend the suspension depending on health developments.