By: Candess Zona-Mendola

Amador County health officials announced this week that they are currently investigating a Shigella outbreak in their county. According to the announcement, there is a “significant increase in acute frequent diarrhea is being reported in Amador County.” The county, however, did not state how many illnesses are involved or the medical status of those who are sick.


It is believed that the health department has determined the source but has been mum about naming it. The health department’s statement noted that:

“Amador County Environmental Health and Public Health are completing an investigation and have enforced food safety practices at a lone establishment associated with reports of this illness.”

The health agency recommends that anyone in Amador County showing the following symptoms of Shigella seek medical attention:

  • Diarrhea;
  • Fever; and 
  • Stomach cramps.

If you work in healthcare, childcare or food service and “are experiencing these symptoms, as with any illness, [you] should stay home, and [if you work with food] should not engage in food preparation or food service while they are ill.”

As always, if you were diagnosed with Shigella, it is a good idea to report your illness to your local health department.