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Shigella advisory issued in Pennsylvania

April 12, 2010
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HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently issued a Shigella advisory over fears that the highly contagious bacteria is quickly spreading across the state, according to the Philadelphia Examiner.
According to the story, outbreaks of shigellosis have been reported in Philadelphia, Allegheny, Dauphin and York counties.
The most important ways to prevent Shigella transmission are frequent and proper hand washing, practicing good general hygiene and keeping surfaces clean and disinfected, the story stated.
Special attention to cleanliness is urged in daycare centers where younger populations are more likely to transmit Shigella as a result of the bacteria passing from the stool or the soiled fingers of one person to the mouth of another person, the story noted.
Any individuals showing symptoms, which include fever, bloody diarrhea and stomach and abdominal cramping, are urged to seek medical treatment and avoid contact with healthy persons, the story added.
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