By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Chinese health officials are reporting a shigellosis outbreak in Shou County, Anhui province. Some 493 cases have been reported since Aug. 20.


At least 293 people were hospitalized.

Officials suspect to outbreak is linked to flooding from the Yangtze River which polluted drinking water.

The Shou County government said that in order to prevent further infections, the local water plant was shut down on Aug. 21.

Shigellosis is a diarrheal illness caused by bacteria that can spread through the stool of sick people or animals or by consuming contaminated food or water.

In addition to diarrhea, shigellosis can cause fever, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps.