What is Shigellosis?
Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella.
What are the symptoms of Shigellosis?
Most who are infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools, fever, and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. The watery stools can be bloody. Illness usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. .
What is the treatment for Shigellosis?
Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. If symptoms worsen or last more than 1 week, notify your health care provider.
Is Shigellosis preventable?
- Keep children with diarrhea out of school and child care settings.
- Wash hands with soap carefully and frequently, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, before preparing foods or beverages, and after changing diapers.
- Supervise hand washing of toddlers and young children after they use the toilet.
- Do not prepare food for others while ill with diarrhea
- Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes, or untreated pools.
- For those with children in diapers:
- Dispose of soiled diapers properly
- Disinfect diaper changing areas after using them.