Shigellosis outbreak strikes Flint, Mich.; 84 sickened

Shigellosis, an infectious disease causing diarrhea, fever and cramps is spreading through Flint, Mich., and Genesee County. According to The Detroit News, at least 84 people in the county were sickened by the bacterial infection through September.

More than half of those reported cases were in Flint.

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The Detroit News also reported an increase in two other gastrointestinal infectious diseases in Flint and Genesee County — cryptosporidiosis and salmonella.

At least one expert linked the rise in shigellosis and other gastrointestinal diseases to people changing their hygiene patterns after the city's water crisis. Shigellosis' spread can be halted by hand-washing with soap, according to the CDC.

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