Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, headaches, cramps, and bloody stools.
"Just because you don't have all of them doesn't mean you don't have Shigella, we have talked to a lot of people who have been sick a day or two. They are done but they are still positive," Brock said.
Anyone can get Shigellosis but 60-percent of the cases in the Siouxland area impact children 10-years-old and younger and day cares seem to be the hardest hit.
"There's a lot of people who have this right now and it's really.. really important that people not be cooking food. for groups of people if they have diarrhea, this is an infection that spreads very easily person to person," Brock said.
The best way to prevent the bacteria from making the rounds.. wash your hands, since Shigella is found in fecal matter.
"There are lots of things that cause diarrheal illnesses and they're not all Shigella, the way you handle Shigella is different than how you handle other things," Brock said.
But, the Sioux City area is the only one seeing an outbreak, in Iowa, this year.
Sioux City saw it's first cause of Shigellosis in early October.. but now more than 105 causes have been reported with most victims being young and on the west side of town.If you think you might have Shigellosis, go to your doctor right away because you can take antibiotics that help you get over the illness quicker.
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