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High illness numbers prompts warning

November 14, 2011
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REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN — After an unusually high number of Shigella-related illnesses, Saskatchewan health officials have released an official warning, according to CTV.

The province typically sees about 10 to 15 foreign travel-related Shigella cases a year, the article stated.

According to the article, since April, however, there have been 48 recorded cases, the majority of which were found in children and not related to travel.

Shigella bacteria causes an illness characterized by stomach pain and cramps, fever and diarrhea that can include mucus and blood, the article noted.

According to health officials, the bacteria can spread very easily, and the best prevention is proper handwashing, the article added.

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