Health officials see unusual spike in shigellosis cases

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Department of Health says there’s an unusual spike in shigellosis cases.

More than 200 cases have already been reported this year. That’s 10 times the number of cases as last year at this time.

Shigellosis is a contagious illness. Symptoms include diarrhea, cramping, fever and vomiting. It’s spread from person to person by swallowing contaminated water, and pools are the main pathway for the illness.

“If someone is experiencing symptoms of diarrhea, don’t get into a pool,” says Tess Gorden, an enteric epidemiologist with the health department. “Don’t change diapers poolside. Always go to restrooms, and if you’ve recently been symptomatic with diarrhea still stay out of the pools.”

Officials say symptoms typically last for a few days, and typically clear up on their own, but severe infections could require antibiotics.

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