3 Ky. children hospitalized in outbreak

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - State health official say three children
were hospitalized in western Kentucky in an unusually large
outbreak of a bacterial infection that causes watery diarrhea and
spreads easily.

Janie Cambron, regional epidemiologist for the Green River
District Health Department, said Wednesday the children have since
been released after contracting shigella, a bacterial infection
spread through just a tiny amount of infected fecal matter.

Cambron says there were 80 reported cases of the disease as of
Friday in Daviess County, and three in adjacent Ohio County.

Dr. William Hacker, commissioner of the state public health
department, says shigella is common and usually affects children.
He says some years in Kentucky, as few as 50 or many as 500 cases
are seen sporadically.

Cambron says tests have shown the disease was not caused by
contaminated water or food.

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