SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The outbreak of a contagious bacterial infection that causes diarrhea has worsened in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County.
Siouxland District Health Department Deputy Director Tyler Brock tells the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/JOTx7E) that shigellosis had sickened 225 children and adults in the region as of Wednesday. That’s up from 95 cases in late November.
Woodbury County recorded a single case of shigellosis last year.
Most people who are infected 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.
Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com