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What is 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.

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Comment from: Kitty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I contracted Shigella boydii approximately 6 weeks ago which was horrendous. I had severe diarrhea for two weeks, chills, fevers, headaches and fatigue. This past week I have felt unwell and had a couple of tests done and the Shigella has raised its ugly head again.

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Comment from: survivor, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

I've never been so sick as I was with the Shigella infection that I had last year. I ended up in the hospital for a week. I lost a lot of weight and it took me a few months before I regained my normal strength level. I really think that the antibiotic I was on a few weeks earlier played a significant role in the severity of my Shigella infection. I don't recall the name of the antibiotic but I do know it was a broad spectrum antibiotic. I hope I never have to experience Shigella again.

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