Shigella species


Contact Precautions

General Information

Aerobic gram negative rod

  • Human/animal reservoir

  • Contaminated water

  • Often travel related

  • Outbreaks - e.g. Daycare

  • Infectious colitis - dysenteric

  • HUS

  • Reactive Arthritis

  • Bacteremia

  • Intra-abdominal abscess

Most adults require treatment but Shigella infection is usually a self limited infection in healthy individuals, lasting 5-7 days. Treatment shortens course by about 2 days.

Treatment always recommended in immunocompromised patients or those with severe disease (require hospitalization, invasive disease, complicated infection).

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