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Shigella Bacteria Found in 1 Year Old in Kozhikode

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Authorities in Kozhikode district in Kerala went into high alert mode after a boy was found infected with the contagious shigella bacteria and Health Minister K.K. Shailaja called upon the people to observe caution.

Shailaja, however, maintained that the situation was under control and that the Health Department was geared up to face any eventuality.

The one-and-a-half-year-old child was admitted to a private hospital in Kozhikode. following complaints of acute stomach pain and diarrhea. Doctors confirmed on Thursday morning that the boy was infected with Shigella bacteria that leads to intestinal disease shigellosis.

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Kozhikode and other parts of the district were under observation after some cases of shigella were detected there. The district was in the news earlier due to Nipah virus cases.

Kozhikode District Medical Officer Dr. V Jayasree, however, said that there was no need to panic and that the Health Department had taken measures to contain the disease.

She though called upon the people to remain vigilant and seek medical attention in case of diarrhea, which was one of the main symptoms of the disease.

Kozhikode district has in the recent past reported 26 cases of diarrhea, of which six were traced to shigella.

(This story was published from a syndicated feed. Only the headline and picture has been edited by FIT)

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