Shigellosis outbreak in New Mexico, USA

The number of reported cases of shigellosis in Lea, Chaves, and Eddy counties has increased to 196 cases during the past 2 months. Most of the cases have been preschool and school-aged children. Investigations into the cause of the outbreak are underway.

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Advice For Travellers

The exposure risk for the average traveller is probably low, provided the traveller exercises caution and follows strict water and food precautions while travelling. Food and water contaminated with human waste from infected persons is a common source for these bacteria.