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What is Shigellosis?

Any of the four main species of the pathogen Shigella. Most cases occur in regions with sub-standard hygiene and unsafe water supplies. A few cases of Shigellosis are reported in the US each year.

Typical Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • In the most serious cases, seizures and death

Most at risk

  • Young children
  • Elderly
  • Immunocompromised

How is it Spread?

  • By contaminated food or water
  • Person-to-person contact
  • Harbored in human feces only
    • Examples
    • If an infected person does not wash his/her hands properly after using the toilet, they may pass along the bacteria by physical contact or by handling food
    • If contaminated water touches food at any stage (irrigation, washing, rinsing, etc.), food may also become contaminated
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