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What is Shigella?
Shigellosis is an infection caused by Shigella bacteria. Symptoms usually appear within 1-2 days after infection.
How Bad Is It?
How Does It Spread?
- Direct contact with an infected person. This is the most common way it is spread.
- Unsanitary food handling (indirect contact) by an infected person.
- Imported produce that may be contaminated with polluted water.
How is It Treated?
Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which can be treated with fluids. Serious cases may require additional medical treatment such as antibiotics.
Why Should I Worry About It?
Shigella is prevalent, causing about 500,000 cases annually in the U.S.
Shigella bacteria are also developing resistance to many common antibiotics, which makes the condition harder to treat and more likely to spread.
What Can I Do About It?
Shigella victim Greg Meissner filed a lawsuit against the restaurant. Given the number of people infected, more will likely follow.