Health officials: Shigellosis continues to rise in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State health officials said on Tuesday they continue to see an increase in shigellosis cases in Indiana.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, shigellosis is a contagious illness that is spread from person-to-person through the fecal-oral route. Symptoms of the illness include cramping, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

Officials say this time last year there were about 100 cases in the state. This year in Indiana, numbers have reached more than 1,000.

The illnesses is easily spread among children because of poor washing habits and tendency to put things in their mouths, officials say.

For more information about shigellosis from the CDC click here and from the ISDH click here. 

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