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Shigellosis Cases Grow In Catawba County

Posted July 29, 2003 6:15 a.m. EDT

— The number of confirmed cases of shigellosis in Catawba County has grown to eleven and more test results expected today could drive the number higher.

The health department is screening 20 additional people for the bacterial disease.

Shigellosis is highly contagious and most often found in children. Symptoms include stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, upset stomach and fever.

The county health department is investigating six day cares for suspected cases of the disease. The names of the day cares have not been released.

Health officials say it's the worst outbreak of the disease in Catawba County in at least ten years.

More than 90 cases of shigellosis has been reported at ten day-care center in Gaston County.