Eureka Area Shigella Outbreak


EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) An update from Humboldt County health leaders regarding the bacterial infection outbreak that’s been plaguing the area. Officials are indicating they have now confirmed four additional Shigella cases in Eureka in recent days. Two of those confirmed cases required hospitalizations.

So far, it’s believed there have been several dozen cases.

Health experts initially thought the outbreak was tied to a pair of local laundromats where infected individuals washed clothes. Cases have since spread throughout the Eureka 101 Corridor and beyond.

Health experts say washing your hands and practicing good hygiene is the best way to protect yourself from Shigella.