Suspected Shigella cases linked to San Jose restaurant now 182

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The number of suspected Shigella cases linked to Mariscos San Juan #3 restaurant in San Jose climbed Monday morning to 182. That's up 40 from Friday.

The majority are in Santa Clara County. But cases have turned up in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Merced counties.

So far, 72 of the cases are confirmed as being Shigella.

Some patients never ate at the restaurant, but contracted the contagious intestinal disease from people who did.

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According to the CDC, the symptoms of Shigella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps starting a day or two after being exposed to the bacteria. The symptoms usually go away in 5-10 days. Shigella can be stopped by frequent and careful hand-washing with soap. Click here for further details on Shigella from the CDC.
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