Shigellosis outbreak at St. Louis area day cares

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis area health officials are urging caution about a contagious infection that is causing illnesses at day care centers.

KMOV-TV (http://bit.ly/Sfog0S ) reports that cases of shigellosis are way up. Fifty-five cases have been reported in the city and 71 in St. Louis County.

Shigellosis is a bacterial infection commonly spread by poor hygiene. It can cause diarrhea that lasts five to seven days.

Dr. Faisal Khan of the St. Louis County Health Department says shigellosis is typically spread by people who don't wash their hands after changing a diaper or who fail to clean diaper stations adequately.

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Information from: KMOV-TV, http://www.kmov.com

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