DETROIT (WWJ) – According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an intestinal illness carried by international travelers is spreading across the nation.
WWJ’s Dr. Deanna Lites reports what’s call “Shigella bacteria” can cause diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.READ MORE: Belle Isle Park Reopens Giant Slide Friday
The CDC says, between May 2014 and February 2015 there have been 243 cases in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Three cases have been reported so far in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.
The problem is that the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic Cipro which is what’s used to usually treat the infection. One can get Shigella from an infected person or contaminated food or water.READ MORE: Woodward Dream Cruise Kicks Off This Weekend: What To Know
The CDC says most of those infected with Shigella typically develop symptoms starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria
To prevent the bug, practice good hand hygiene, including washing hands before eating or after changing a diaper. Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes, or untreated swimming pools, the CDC says; and, when traveling internationally, adhere to food and water precautions.MORE NEWS: Federal Judge Retains Jurisdiction In Lawsuit Over Enbridge Pipeline