Health officials warning parents about infectious disease spreading in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Health officials in Missouri are warning parents about an infectious disease that is affecting hundreds of young children.

Experts say there are now 150 cases of Shigella, an infectious disease, in the Kansas City area.

Usually, there are only 10 cases per year.

Shigella is caused by bacteria and usually causes patients to have diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

Symptoms usually go away within five to seven days.

Officials say the bacteria is transmitted by direct or indirect fecal-oral contact with an infected person.

“What is also concerning is that we are seeing three different strains that are resistant to certain antibiotics,” Tiffany Wilkinson, Acting Communicable Disease Prevention Division Manager, told WDAF. “It only takes a few bacteria, sometimes as little as 10 organisms, to infect someone.”

Experts say washing your hands with soap and warm water can prevent the spread of the disease.

Most of the cases are being reported in children who attend daycare or elementary school.

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