LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Department of Health says shigella cases have more than tripled when compared to the state's annual average.

They say Shigellosis is most common during the summer and shows symptoms of severe diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The germ is spread by direct contact with an infected person and is usually a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

To decrease your risk of shigellosis, the health department recommends proper hand washing, sanitizing all surfaces, controlling flies and using gloves when preparing food.

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