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- Shigellosis facts*
- What is shigellosis?
- What are the symptoms of Shigella?
- How long after infection do symptoms appear?
- How long will symptoms last?
- Can there be any complications from Shigella infections?
- How can Shigella infections be diagnosed?
- How can Shigella infections be treated?
- Is antibiotic resistance a problem with Shigella?
- How will I know if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
- What should I do if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
- How can we reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant Shigella?
- How is Shigella spread?
- How can I reduce my risk of getting shigellosis?
- I was diagnosed with shigellosis. What can I do to avoid giving it to other people?
- My child was diagnosed with shigellosis. How can I keep others from catching it?
- Should an infected person be excluded from school or work?
- What else can be done to prevent shigellosis?
- What can be done if an outbreak of Shigella occurs in the childcare setting?
- People at Risk
How will I know if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
Shigella infections are diagnosed through laboratory testing of stool specimens (feces). Healthcare providers can order tests to check which antibiotics are likely to help treat a particular patient's infection. If you were treated with antibiotics for shigellosis but do not feel better within a couple of days, tell your healthcare provider. You may need additional tests to check whether your Shigella strain is resistant to the antibiotics.
What should I do if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
Please follow the advice of your healthcare provider. If you do not feel better within a couple of days after beginning treatments, tell your healthcare provider. Protect others by washing your hands carefully with soap after using the toilet, and wait until your diarrhea has stopped before preparing food for others, swimming, or having sex.
How can we reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant Shigella?
Reducing the spread of antibiotic-resistant Shigella requires a multi-pronged approach: preventing infections, tracking resistance, improving antibiotic use, and developing new treatments.