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CDC: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Carried By International Travelers Spreading Across U.S.

DETROIT (WWJ) - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an intestinal illness carried by international travelers is spreading across the nation.

WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites reports what's call "Shigella bacteria" can cause diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

The CDC says, between May 2014 and February 2015 there have been 243 cases in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Three cases have been reported so far in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The problem is that the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic Cipro which is what's used to usually treat the infection. One can get Shigella from an infected person or contaminated food or water.

The CDC says most of those infected with Shigella typically develop symptoms starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria

To prevent the bug, practice good hand hygiene, including washing hands before eating or after changing a diaper. Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes, or untreated swimming pools, the CDC says; and, when traveling internationally, adhere to food and water precautions.

Get more prevention tips from the CDC, HERE, and answers to frequently asked questions about Shingella, HERE.

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