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Shigellosis

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Disease Details

Incubation Period:

  • 1 - 7 days

Transmission Type(s):

Disease Reservoirs

Disease Agents

About Shigellosis

Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. The diarrhea is often bloody. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. Persons with shigellosis in the United States rarely require hospitalization. A severe infection with high fever may be associated with seizures in children less than 2 years old. Some persons who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still pass the Shigella bacteria to others.

Read More

Read more about Shigellosis at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website