Increase in shigella cases in southeastern New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The number of shigella cases continues to rise in southeastern New Mexico.

The Department of Health is investigating 196 cases. They’ve seen an especially big increase in the last few months.

Shigella is an extremely contagious bacterial disease that causes fever, vomiting and sometimes blood poisoning.

Most cases have been among preschool and school-aged children. One way to decrease your chances is by washing your hands frequently.

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