By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In the city of Jerash, in northern Jordan, health officials are reporting an outbreak of Shigella, according to Jordan media.

Amman Jordan
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Director of the Jerash Public Hospital, Sadiq al-Atoum, said that the number of poisoning cases rose to 58 people, who live the Jubbah area, noting that 53 patients were discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment, while the remaining five cases had to be admitted to the hospital.

The source of the outbreak is not reported.

Shigella bacteria spread easily from one person to another because it takes as few as 10 germs to make you sick. Symptoms of shigellosis include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people get better after about one week but can be sick longer or become dehydrated and need medical care. People can also be contagious even after feeling better. The germs can spread when someone with Shigella does not wash their hands well after using the toilet then contaminates objects, food or water. Shigella also spreads easily through sexual contact. Handwashing with soap and water is the best way to protect yourself and others against Shigella infections.