CLE Warns of Highly Contagious Illness

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CLEVELAND -- The City of Cleveland made a public safety announcement about the rise in Shigellosis cases, especially among children, in the area.

It’s a highly contagious form of diarrhea that may also cause fever and stomach cramps.

Anyone with symptoms should seek medical attention and should not return to school or work until they test negative for the Shigella bacteria.  A doctor should officially give the clearance to return.

The symptoms are known to last from 48 to 72 hours.

Shigellosis is spread by person to person contact.

According to Cleveland's public safety advisory, here are a few ways to protect your family:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap, especially after going to the bathroom and changing diapers, and before preparing food or beverages
  • Do not prepare food for others while ill with diarrhea
  • Sick children and adults should stay home until cleared by a doctor to return to school or work
  • Keep children with diarrhea out of child care settings and common play areas
  • Supervise hand washing of toddlers and small children after they use the toilet
  • Dispose of soiled diapers properly
  • Disinfect diaper-changing areas after using them
  • Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes, or untreated pools

For more information on Shigellosis, click here or contact the Cleveland Department of Public Health Office of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Epidemiology at (216) 664-3747.

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