A wave of shigellosis cases in South Dakota has hit nearly 20 counties across the state. State epidemiologist, Dr. Lon Kightlinger, says the disease is not new, but seems to be spreading faster.
Dr. Kightlinger says the severe diarrheal disease is most common among children, especially those in daycares and parents should be aware of their children’s hygiene.
He says shigellosis involves severe diarrhea, fever, and stomach pains that can seem like many other illnesses. The more than 500 cases in the state are those reported by individuals who have sought medical attention, so there are most likely more cases that people have not reported. The best prevention for the disease is to maintain proper personal hygiene to avoid contamination.