Shigella bacteria identified as cause of Jubbah poisoning, as cases rise

Jerash Health Director Mohammad Al-Tahan, said that a bacteria called Shigella was likely responsible for hospitalizing patients from the town of Jubbah. (Photo: Shutterstock)
AMMAN — Jerash Health Director Mohammad Al-Tahan, said that hospitalized individuals with suspected food or water poisoning from the town of Jubbah were found to have been infected with the Shigella bacteria.اضافة اعلان

Tahan told Jordan News that they suspect the bacteria was responsible for the poisoning cases on Tuesday.

He said that three patients have been discharged from Jerash Public Hospital and three other patients were admitted.

Another patient was also discharged from Haya Military Hospital.

All the patients are in stable condition and will be discharged from hospitals within 24 hours, he added. Tahan said that Shigella is a common germ that can be found in food and water, adding that he was waiting on results of tests to identify the origin of the bacteria.

Director of the Jerash Public Hospital Sadiq Al-Otoum told Jordan News that there were 58 reported cases.

Otoum said that “all of them (cases) are in stable condition and have left the hospital, except for five cases still receiving treatment at the hospital; however, their health condition is good.”

Children under the age of five are more likely to get an infection from Shigella, according to Mayo Clinic, but any age group can catch the infection. Mild cases usually clear up on their own within a week. However, when treatment is required, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics.

Otoum also indicated that “most of the patients who were infected are under the age of 13.”

An official source at the Ministry of Health told Jordan News that “the ministry’s personnel are conducting ... inspections in various parts of Jerash, and checking restaurants, shops, and desalination plants, to ensure that health protocols are being followed.”

The source added that “one of the desalination plants was closed as a precaution”.

“I must assure everyone that we will not rest till we know the reason behind the poisoning and take the necessary measures and actions,” he said.

A patient with Shigella usually has symptoms that include bloody diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, one or two days after infection. The symptoms last for about seven days. Most infected individuals recover without needing antibiotics.

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