Broward officials issue health advisory
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Health officials have issued a warning about the threat of a highly contagious food-borne illness becoming more common in Broward County.
The Florida Department of Health issued a new warning Wednesday about the threat of Shigellosis at schools and daycare centers across South Florida.
The stomach-turning symptoms similar to the flu include severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, stubborn fever and vomiting.
Officials recommend children who contract the illness should visit the doctor as soon as possible. Broward Health Medical Center Dr. Nabil El-Sanadi said, "If somebody develops signs and symptoms, they can actually get antibiotics and that would shorten the duration of the illness."
So what can be done to prevent Shigellosis from spreading? Health officials say it mostly comes down to good hygiene.
Make sure your child knows to wash his or her hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water. Parents are advised to disinfect diaper changing stations immediately after use. Also, if you experience any symptoms do not prepare food for anyone else.
The health department said there are eight confirmed cases in Broward County and it is investigating 33 probable cases. Symptoms can last from 48 to 72 hours.
For more information on Shigellosis, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/shigellosis.
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