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Shigella species

Shigella species

Precautions

Contact Precautions

Susceptibilities

General Information

Aerobic, gram-negative rod.

Human/animal reservoir.

Contaminated food and water; often travel-related.

Occurs in outbreaks (e.g. daycare).

Symptoms usually start 1-2 days after infection and last 7 days.

Increased MDR to TMP/SMX, Ciprofloxacin, and Azithromycin.

  • Infectious colitis - dysenteric
  • HUS (Hemolytic-uremic syndrome)
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Bacteremia
  • Intra-abdominal abscess

Most require treatment.

Food handlers require proof of clearance before return to work.

CDC. Shigella – Shigellosis. December 7, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/shigella/audience-medical-professionals.html