Shigellosis

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What is Shigellosis?

  • Shigellosis can also be known as a bacillary dysentery or Mallow Syndrome.
  • Shigellosis is a foodborne illness caused by an infection by bacteria.

The Illness food-borne organisms cause

The food-borne illness organism is Shigella and that causes Shigellosis.

How the illness is diagnosed?

Shigella does affect the digestive tract and causes a lot of different symptoms. Like:

  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
Shigellosis is mostly to be around in the warm months and it usually affects kids 2 to 4 years old and rarely infects infants younger than 6 months old.


Foods with which the organism is associated?

The foods that can contain Shigellosis :


  • Salads (potato, tuna, shrimp, macaroni, and chicken)
  • Raw vegetables
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Meat
Also, eating food or drinking liquids that have been in contact with infected people.

Possible complications of the illness?

Shigellosis can usually be treated with antibiotics.

The antibiotics that are used are:

  • Ampicillin
  • Trimethoprim
  • Sulfamethoxazole
  • Nalidixic acid
  • Ciprofloxacin
The treatment kills the Shigella bacteria. Your healthcare provider well decide if you need medical treatment.


Safety precautions to prevent contamination?

If someone in your house has Shigellosis:

  • Clean and disinfect areas that could be contaminated.
  • When traveling to different countries, drink only treated or boiled water, and eat only foods that are cooked, and fruit that you have peeled yourself

The infection is very contagious and can be prevented with hand washing also.