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Shigella cases top 200 in Sioux City

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There's been a nasty bug spreading throughout Siouxland. The bacteria's called Shigella.

Local health officials say it's moving fast. Two weeks ago there were 100 cases. Now, there are 200 cases. If you think you might have Shigella, see your doctor to get tested. "Get to your doctor and get a proper diagnosis because antibiotics do help with this. They help with systems, and they greatly reduce the amount infectiousness you pose to another person," said Tyler Brock, Siouxland District Health.

Shigella is spread through fecal matter so hand washing is the best prevention. Daycares are one of the breeding grounds for catching the bacteria.

The main symptom is diarrhea, but people can also get a fever, headaches, cramps and bloody stools.

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