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OH county reports high rates of Shigellosis

Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 13:17:48-05

Health officials in Cincinnati and Hamilton County are reporting unusually high rates of a highly contagious disease that causes diarrhea.

The city and county health departments said Monday that over 200 people have been sickened this year with Shigellosis, the most since 2007. They say it's more than double the usual cases.

They're urging childcare workers and caregivers to wash their hands frequently. They also say parents should keep children with symptoms away from day care settings, and ask that youngsters clean their hands with warm, soapy water. Caregivers should wash their hands after diaper changes and before meal time.

Health officials say symptoms last four to seven days, and a person can be contagious for two weeks. Diarrhea can be accompanied by vomiting, fever, nausea and bloody stool.