New Cases of Shigellosis Confirmed in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The shigellosis outbreak continues to expand in East Tennessee.

Knox County Health Department spokesperson Renee Randby and Sandy Halford from the East Tennessee Regional Health Department confirmed 31 total cases as of 4 p.m. on Monday.

That includes eleven new cases that have been reported over the weekend.

Knox County reported eight of them, including two in adults, according to Randby.

Morgan County has two new cases and Blount County reported their first case.

Knox County now has seventeen cases, Roane County has eight cases, Morgan County is reporting four, and Anderson and Blount counties are reporting one each.

Knox County Health officials hope fall break will stop the spread of the sickness.

Symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and dehydration.

Doctors say it is spread in the schools by contact.

Parents are urged to encourage children to wash their hands and report any of the symptoms to your doctor immediately.

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