(Undated) – A widening outbreak of shigella in northern Kentucky has residents keeping out of public swimming pools.
The Northern Kentucky Health Department says they’ve counted 74 cases, six of those in Boone County, as of June 7. The number of cases in an average year is 25.
Shigella is a bacteria that infects bowels, usually in young children ages two to four. It causes an illness called Shigellosis which has symptoms including fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and nausea.
The illness is commonly spread by swimming pools. The health department asks those who have been ill to stay out of the water for two weeks. Pools should also not allow non-potty trained children to be in them until further notice.
Some public pools, such as the Florence Aquatic Center, have closed while they undergo super chlorination.
Read more about Shigella at the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s website, http://www.nkyhealth.org.