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Nasty Stomach Bug Making the Rounds

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A nasty stomach bug has made its way into the United States.

A drug-resistant strain of shigella bacteria has spread into the U.S., causing more than 200 illnesses since last May.

About half of those patients had traveled internationally, mostly to the Dominican Republic or India.

Most people who contract shigellosis develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Usually the infection clears on its own within three to seven days. However, antibiotics are recommended if severe symptoms are experienced.

The CDC says drug-resistant infections are harder to treat and the potential for a larger outbreak is a concern, however, shigella infections are normally not fatal.

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