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Wichita Falls Officials Issue Shigellosis Warning

Wichita Falls officials are issuing a warning of an illness spreading fast across Texoma.

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District is tracking an increasing number of Shigellosis cases in the city.

Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease and is transmitted by person to person contact and through food and water. Symptoms include cramps, headache, high fever, profuse diarrhea and dehydration.

Health officials say the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands. Health Department Director Lou Franklin says, "We are encouraging everyone to be diligent with hand washing. Make sure your children wash their hands at school, your employees wash their hands throughout the day and encourage your coworkers to do the same."

Click here to read more on Shigellosis and how it's impacting daycare's.

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