Shigella Update

Local News

The number of shigella cases in Muskingum county is up to eight.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department’s Dr. Vicki Whitacre says it has affected two adults and six children, with one person being hospitalized.

“They were all at the daycare center,” said Whitacre. “So, yes, it was all related. We’ve not have any reports from somebody outside the daycare center. “

Whitacre says all eight individuals are doing better, and the spread of the shigella bacteria is slowing down.

“We haven’t had a new case in over a week, which we’re thankful for,” she said. “That doesn’t mean it’s totally over, but we are hoping. “

Whitacre says effects of the bacteria include diarrhea, fever, and dehydration.

Two cases of shigella were first reported back in July at the Rufus Putnam school’s daycare program.