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Shigellosis cases on the rise in child care facilities

December 20, 2010
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WILMINGTON, NC — The number of Shigellosis cases in New Hanover County are on the rise, according to WECT-TV.
The health department stresses the importance of good hand washing practices to prevent the spread of the illness, the article noted.
According to the article, Shigellosis is a diarrheal illness caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella and is usually transmitted when an infected person fails to properly wash their hands after using the restroom.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, cramping, nausea and vomiting: Children and providers can quickly spread the infection to parents, siblings or other children, the article stated.
Daycare facilities are responsible for excluding any child from care that has diarrhea and refer them to their medical care provider for evaluation, the article added.
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