Bacterial infection hitting northwest Iowa

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Health officials say 95 cases of a contagious bacterial infection that causes diarrhea have been reported in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County.

The Siouxland District Health Department’s deputy director Tyler Brock tells the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/17RaKaW) that the majority of those sick are children, but a number of adults have contracted shigellosis, too.

Most people who are infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools that could be bloody, as well as fever and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms usually last several days.

Woodbury County recorded a single case of shigellosis last year.

But on Friday, 95 cases had been reported. About 20 of those had been diagnosed in early November.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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