UPDATE: One New Shigellosis Case In Knox County

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Knoxville (WVLT) – There has been one new case of Shigellosis in Knox County over the last 24 hours, bringing its total up to 24.

On Thursday, health officials confirmed three new cases of Shigellosis in Knox County, all involving children including one who attended Powell Elementary.

In total, 44 people have tested positive for Shigellosis in East Tennessee's since the outbreak was announced last Thursday.

No new cases were reported in the other East Tennessee counties.

On Tuesday, The East Tennessee Regional Health Office reported that the number of Shigellosis cases in Roane and Morgan Counties had risen to nine each.

Blount and Anderson counties each had one.

Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a strain of bacteria called Shigella.

The Center for Disease Control says it is most commonly spread from the stool or soiled fingers of one person to the mouth of another.

It can also be spread by eating contaminated food such as food not cleanly handled by the person preparing it or vegetables that have been harvested from a field with sewage in it.

Most people with the infection first notice it a day or two after exposure when they develop symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps

It normally runs its course in 5 to 7 days, but some patients may need to seek medical attention.

You can find more information about Shigellosis on the Hot Key.

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