More than 285 cases reported this year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Health officials say an outbreak of a bacterial disease is causing a lot of discomfort in the Kansas City area.
More than 285 cases of shigellosis have been reported in the Kansas City area this year. That compares with an average of 10 to 15 cases a year.
The Kansas City Star reports that most of the cases – 185 – have been reported in Kansas City.
Jeff Hershberger, of the Kansas City Health Department, says the disease causes severe diarrhea, cramps and fever. It is highly contagious and spreads mostly through contaminated food or by people who do not thoroughly wash their hands.
About three-fourths of Kansas City cases have been diagnosed in children 10 years old or younger. It has spread to the adult population in recent weeks.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com