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How officials say they’re curbing the spread of Shigella in San Diego

10/15/21

 

Earlier this week, San Diegans learned that the county is monitoring an outbreak of shigellosis — an illness that’s so far been found in at least seven local people experiencing homelessness.

For the unfamiliar: The infections are caused by the bacteria Shigella, and typically cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever. The bacteria is closely related to E. coli, according to UCSD Infectious Disease Expert and Professor Dr. Victor Nizet, who spoke with FOX 5 this week.

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