LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Upset stomachs and coughs keeping you up at night are a couple illnesses going around this week.
Clarksville and Louisville are both being affected by a bacterial diarrhea called Shigellosis. Dr. Jill Howell-Berg said it is highly contagious and symptoms include bloody diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. The most severe cases happen in those under the age of 2, with possible hospitalizations for treatments with I-V fluids.
The average amount of Shigellosis cases reported in our area a year is 62, but the Louisville Health Department has confirmed 60 cases in the last 3 months.
In Jeffersonville, Dr. Jeb Teichman has reported a couple of illnesses in young patients. Strep throat has been reported with symptoms of sore throat, headaches, fever and sometimes vomiting. Strep will require an antibiotic.
Dr. Teichman also reported he is treating croup. Croup is a barky cough that can cause difficulty breathing and can be quite scary for parents. Teichman said home humidifiers can help, but any child struggling to breath needs a doctor's care immediately.
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