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Shigella bacteria illnesses up in Saskatchewan

There has been an increase in the number of Shigella bacteria illnesses in Saskatchewan over the past few months.

Officials with the Ministry of Health say 10 to 15 cases are normally reported in the province each year but in the last four months, 13 cases have been recorded, mostly in the Prince Albert area and mainly in children.

Shigella is a bacterium that spreads easily between people and only a small number of bacteria can make a person sick. Symptoms include stomach pain and cramps, diarrhea with mucus and sometimes blood and fever.

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