Bacterial infection worsening in northwest Iowa

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.

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

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