Infectious diarrhea is circulating in Catawba County, spreading mostly among children.
The infection, Shigella, develops a day or two after exposure. It is a highly infectious disease that can cause severe diarrhea, with symptoms including fever, abdominal cramps, chills, headache, body aches or diarrhea. Shigella, or Shigellosis, usually resolves withing seven days, officials say.
The disease can be contracted if contaminated hands touch food or someone’s mouth.
Frequent, thorough hand washing with soap and water is the most important thing families can do to prevent the spread of disease, officials said.
Anyone with symptoms is asked to say home from work of school, as Shigella is highly contagious.