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Health departments investigate caterer in shigellosis outbreak

At least 17 people became sick after two events catered by the same Seattle caterer on March 3, spurring an outbreak investigation by the county and state health departments. Laboratory tests have confirmed Shigella infection in one of the sick people. One person is hospitalized, according to an outbreak notice posted by Public Health —… Continue Reading

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