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Outbreak of Shigella Sonnei following lake exposure, Rhode Island - July 2013

The Rhode Island Department of Health investigated 134 cases of Shigella Sonnei in individuals who swam at Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville on July 4, 2013. An additional 14 cases of shigellosis were reported in people who swam at Wallum Lake in early July.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Rhode Island
  • Organism(s):
  • Shigella sonnei
  • Vehicle(s):
  • recreational water
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Lake
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 148
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 16
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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