Shigella Infection Overview
What is a shigella infection?
A person with a shigella infection has an inflammation of the intestine, caused by Shigella bacteria. The bacteria invade the cells that line the intestine, and may cause the inner lining to bleed. Most infections occur after ingesting food or water that is contaminated with the bacteria. About 15,000 people develop a shigella infection each year in the US.
What are the symptoms of a shigella infection?
Symptoms of a shigella infection include abdominal pain, diarrhea, mucus in the stool, rectal bleeding, fever, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting.
How does the doctor treat a shigella infection?
Treatment for a shigella infection may include plenty of liquids, antibiotics, and medications for diarrhea or vomiting. Shigella infections are cured with antibiotics, but symptoms may continue for 1-2 weeks after treatment.
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