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Souplantation restaurant implicated in shigellosis outbreak

Public health officials in California are praising the “swift and decisive action” of the Souplantation chain, which temporarily closed a restaurant in Camarillo in the midst of a shigellosis outbreak this week. At least eight people have been infected with Shigella bacteria, according to Ventura County Public Health officials. The public health department received notification… Continue Reading

Shigella investigators in Michigan bring in help from CDC

With 177 shigellosis cases reported between March 1 and Oct. 26 from Michigan’s Genesee and Saginaw counties and no source yet identified, state and county health officials have called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help. CDC investigators are now on the scene in Flint, MI, to help track what caused the outbreak of this highly contagious… Continue Reading

Shigellosis outbreak at elementary school kept quiet for weeks

Public health and school officials in Randolph County, MO, are investigating an outbreak of Shigellosis that they have been quietly monitoring for weeks. The county health department issued a news release Monday, more than three weeks after Moberly School District officials notified parents of students at South Park Elementary School of the outbreak. “No definite… Continue Reading

Shigella infections hit record high in beleaguered Flint

Along with the highly publicized lead contamination of its water supply, Flint, MI, also bears the dubious distinction of having the highest number of Shigella cases in the state. The Genesee County Health Department has reported 85 cases so far this year, with more than half of them within the Flint city limits. Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized…. Continue Reading

California Restaurant Closed for Two Days While Shigella Outbreak Investigated

True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA, was closed for two days in late August while public health officials investigated six cases of Shigella infection. According to a Sept. 4 media report, those sickened tested positive for the intestinal bacteria, which causes severe diarrhea. Each person who became ill reportedly ate a meal… Continue Reading

Unusually High Number of Shigellosis Cases Reported in Coastal Bend Area of Texas

Many more residents than normal from the Coastal Bend area of Texas have reportedly come down with Shilgellosis, a bacterial infection that can cause serious diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps a day or two after being exposed. The Coastal Bend area is on the southeastern part of the state and includes Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Kingsville,… Continue Reading

Scientists Conduct Human Trial of Two New Shigella Vaccines

Scientists have begun a clinical trial of two vaccines that may prevent Shigella infection, announced the National Institutes of Health Wednesday. The government-funded study will examine the effect of two different but related vaccines on 90 healthy adults ages 18 to 45 years old. Shigellosis, the disease caused by infection with Shigella bacteria, is an… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What About Shigella?


Over the years, Shigella outbreaks have not been a large part of our practice, but when they do happen they can be severe: •Doubletree Hotel Shigella Outbreak Lawsuit – Colorado (2003) •Filiberto’s Shigella Outbreak Lawsuit – California (2006) •Gate Gourmet Shigella Outbreak Lawsuits – Hawaii, Nationwide (2004) •Royal Fork Shigella Outbreak Lawsuits – Washington (2001)… Continue Reading

Douglas County, Nebraska Sees Spike in Shigella Cases

In the past three months, an unusually high number of people have contracted Shigella sonnei infections in Douglas County, Nebraska, prompting a safety warning by the local health department. Normally, the area sees about 31 confirmed cases of shigellosis (the infection caused by Shigella bacteria) each year, according to the Douglas County Health Department. This… Continue Reading

Case Count Rises in Upstate New York Shigella Outbreak

The number of individuals sickened in a Shigella outbreak in Upstate New York has risen from 45 – at last report – to 69, while the source of the bacteria remains unclear. The outbreak is affecting residents of Onondaga County, located in the central northern New York. The county’s health department announced the increase in… Continue Reading