what is Shigella

Shigellosis is an intestinal disease caused by a family of bacteria called shigella. the main sign of this bacteria is diarrhea, which is often bloody. Shigella can be passed through direct contact with infected stool.


Most symptoms of shigella are related to cramps, fever, diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms start a day or two after ingesting the bacteria.

what it grows in

it grows in the stool of other people so that is the only way you contract shigella.

how to prevent shigella

frequently washing your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Also sanitize your bathroom and kitchen every week or two.

increased risk in

There is an increased risk with the following types of people.

-young children

-gay bisexual or other men who have sex with men

-HIV infected persons

-and travlers.

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shigella is responsible for 300,000 infections per year and 600 deaths.

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