August 14, 2022

New Cases of Shigellosis in Winnebago County, Illinois

The Winnebago County Health Department in Illinois is reporting additional cases of Shigellosis in the area, bring the new total to 152 since October 2015. Most of these cases have affected children in daycare and elementary schools. Shigellosis is a diarrheal illness that causes diarrhea that can be bloody, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Symptoms usually begin one to day days after exposure to the pathogenic bacteria, which is very infectious. The illness is spread by contaminated hands touching food or drink or your mouth. Surfaces such as toys, bathroom fixtures, diaper pails, and changing tables can become contaminated by feces from an infected person. The epidemiologic curve has slowed. The peak of the outbreak was in late November 2015 to late December 2015. No one source … [Read more...]

After Shigella Outbreak Sickens 194, Mariscos San Juan Reopens

After being linked to a Shigella outbreak that sickened 194 people, Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 on 205 N. 4th Street in San Jose reopened today. The restaurant was cleared to reopen by health officials after sanitizing the facility and throwing away all food. Health officials have not been able to discover the source of the bacteria that sickened customers who visited the restaurant on Friday October 16th or Saturday, October 17th. One employee was also among those sickened, but health authorities don't believe the employee was the source of the contamination. Shigellosis does not have a “season.” Although Shigella can affect people of all ages, young children are at greatest risk. Outbreaks are most often associated with daycare or child care centers. Nationwide, about 500,000 … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak Linked to Mariscos San Juan in CA Grows Again

The shigella outbreak linked to the Mariscos San Juan No. 3 restaurant at 205 North 4th Street in San Jose, California has grown again. As of October 27, 2015, there are 190 people sick. Ninety-two patients have been lab confirmed. So far, people living in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Cruz, Main, and Mercid counties are sick. Almost all of those sickened ate at the restaurant on Friday, October 16 or Saturday October 17, 2015. People contract a shigella infection by coming into contact with an infected person, by touching a surface contaminated with feces containing the bacteria, or by consuming food or beverages contaminated with infected feces. Shigella bacteria are very contagious, so secondary infections are almost certain to occur. Shigella bacteria cause an illness … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak at CA Mariscos San Juan Restaurant Grows to 182 Sick

As of 5:00 pm October 23, 2015, the number of outbreak-associated cases of Shigella food poisoning reported to the Santa Clara County Public health Department is 182. Of these cases, 144 people live in Santa Clara County. Thirty-eight reported cases live in other counties. Of the 182 total cases, 72 are lab confirmed. Other counties affected in this outbreak include Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Merced. Almost all of the cases reported that they ate at Mariscos San Juan No. 3 restaurant on Friday, October 16 or Saturday, October 17, 2015. This outbreak has been growing steadily since it was first reported on October 20, 2105. Many of the patients in this outbreak have been hospitalized, and some have had to be admitted to intensive care. The Mariscos San Juan No. 3 … [Read more...]

What Caused the Shigella Outbreak at Mariscos San Juan Restaurant in California?

A Shigella outbreak at the Mariscos San Juan No. 3 restaurant in San Jose, California has sickened at least 98 people, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Twenty-four people have been diagnosed with shigellosis, the illness caused by this bacteria. And 12 people are in intensive care units at hospitals as a result of their illness. The numbers were updated October 21, 2015 by the Health Department. Public health officials are interviewing and testing all food handlers at the restaurant. The owner and employees of the restaurant are cooperating with the investigation. Health officials in Santa Cruz county are currently investigating five more "suspect cases" that may be linked to the restaurant. What caused this outbreak, and why are people so sick? First, … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak at Mariscos San Juan in San Jose Sickens 80

A Shigella outbreak at the Mariscos San Juan restaurant in California has sickened at least 80 people. Dozens have been hospitalized. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has received reports of illness since associated with food served at the San Jose restaurant located at 205 N. 4th Street since Saturday October 17th. Customers who ate at the restaurant became ill with fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Many of them have been hospitalized; 12 were admitted to intensive care. So far, health officials have confirmed 15 cases of shigellosis, the infection that results from eating food contaminated with Shigella bacteria. Because the investigation is ongoing, lab results from additional cases are expected to arrive daily. Health officials closed the restaurant on … [Read more...]

Possible Shigella Outbreak at Kansas City MO School Sickens Children

The Kansas City Missouri Health Department is issuing an alert about the number of reported Shigella cases in that area. This illness is an infectious diarrheal disease caused by the Shigella bacteria. There are usually only about 10 cases of Shigella every year in that city, but since January 1, 2015, there have been more than 190 cases reported to public health officials. That is up from 143 cases reported in late September. And about 60 students at Faxon Elementary School have become ill and may have the illness. The symptoms the children are experiencing are similar to Shigella poisoning. There are actually three different strains in this particular outbreak, making the illness difficult to treat. Shigella bacteria are found in the feces of humans and other primates. The illness, … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak in Columbia/Boone County, Missouri

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services has reported a Shigella outbreak. At least 25 people have been sickened in the past two weeks; there are ordinarily six cases a year. Most of the cases are children who  are in day care. Shigella is a bacteria found in human feces. People often get sick when they drink water contaminated with the bacteria. Symptoms of this illness include diarrhea, which may be bloody, abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever. Most people get sick about two to three days after exposure. The illnesses are very similar to other gastrointestinal illnesses, which can make diagnosis difficult. Shigellosis can cause dehydration, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), reactive arthritis, and other serious complications. Anti-diarrhea agents … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak at True Food Kitchen in Newport, CA

The restaurant True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California has been closed after a suspected Shigella outbreak. Orange County officials closed the restaurant on August 28, 2014 for an investigation. At least six people have reported symptoms of shigellosis, the illness caused by that bacteria. Officials say that none of the patients ate the same food, possibly meaning that the bacteria was spread by person-to-person contact, according to a media report. Shigella bacteria are passed through the oral-fecal route, meaning that someone ingests feces of someone else with a Shigella infection. Those sickened all ate at the restaurant on August 21, 23, 24, and 25, 2014. The restaurant reopened late last week after cleaning and sanitizing the facility and using … [Read more...]

Increase in Shigella Cases in Iowa

According to the Siouxland District Health Department in Iowa, there has been a "significant increase in the number of reported cases of Shigella" in the Sioux City area. Shigella is a bacterium that causes an infection called shigellosis. Symptoms include diarrhea, which may be painful and bloody with mucous, fever, and stomach cramps that usually begin 24 to 48 hours after infection. The disease is very contagious and public health officials are concerned about implications of this outbreak for daycare centers, schools, and food workers.  In the last year, there have been 105 probable or confirmed Shigella cases, compared to none for all of 2012 and up from 98 two weeks ago. Sixty percent of those infected are under the age of 10. Shigella is spread in the feces of an infected … [Read more...]

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