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Sumter bacterial infection raises concern

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A cluster of cases of a bacterial infection in Sumter County raised concern among health officials who are now encouraging you to wash your hands regularly. 

At Sumter County Primary School, where they have nearly a thousand students, only 43 were out sick today. But doctors have diagnosed cases of Shigellosis lately. The Shigella bacterium is easily passed person to person through common surfaces and is highly contagious.

It's commonly passed among young children. Shigellosis causes diarrhea, but health officials say taking anti-diarrheal medicine such as Imodium can actually make it worse. They recommend contacting your doctor and keeping children out of school for at least 48 hours.

  • Learn more about this disease-

Shigellosis is a type of food poisoning caused by infection with the shigella bacterium. Every year, about 18,000 cases of shigellosis are reported in the United States. 1 It is more common in summer than winter. Children…  Read the full article by Healthwise

Shigellosis, also known as bacillary dysentery in its most severe manifestation, is a foodborne illness caused by infection by bacteria of the genus Shigella.


Shigellosis is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria that can give a person bloody diarrhea and cause intestinal pain. To learn more, read this article.

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