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5/27/03

Health Department Warns Of Shigellosis Outbreak In Lubbock

Shigellosis is a bad kind of diarrhea that comes with fever, vomiting and stomach cramps that may last up to a week...and the Health Department is warning of an outbreak here in Lubbock.

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The infection mainly effects young children because you have to swallow the bacteria to get Shigellosis, and kids are always putting their hands in their mouths. Health expert say the best defense is to make you and your kids wash your hands, especially before meals. "We've seen up to 700 cases and we're still getting some. So this is an epidemic in the community," said Ken Condon an Infectious Disease Specialist.

Ken Condon says 88% of the cases this year have been in children under 13.

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