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Shigella outbreak in Sioux City now over 100 cases

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Health officials in Siouxland reporting an outbreak and a majority of the cases being reported are children.

Siouxland District Health Department is reporting more than one-hundred people have been infected with Shigellosis.

This is their lab where they test samples from people who doctors suspect have the illness.

Shigellosis is found in fecal matter and usually strikes kids in day care but anyone can get it.

Usually in the Siouxland area they'll see many one or two cases a year but this time around there's 105 and probably many more that haven't been reported.

"If a person with a compromised immune system caught this it could be quite serious.. but most of the cases.. have not been what I call serious. but there has been a lot of burdon on families with sick kids," Tyler Brock, the Siouxland District Health Department's Deputy Director said.

Here's a list of the symptoms, diarrhea, fever, headaches, cramps and bloody stools.

Is there a way of preventing the spread of this bacteria.

The biggest thing Brock says is to wash your hands.

On News Four at Six find out what side of Sioux City is seeing more cases of Shigellosis.

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