Health officials see unusual spike in shigellosis cases

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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