Signs and symptoms of shigellosis include
- diarrhea that may be bloody,
- stomach or abdominal pain, and
- feeling a need to have a bowel movement, even though the bowels are empty (a sensation medically known as tenesmus).
Cause of shigellosis
Most of these infections are caused by the bacterium passing from stools or soiled fingers of one person to the mouth of another person. This happens when basic hygiene and hand-washing habits are inadequate, leading to contaminated food or water. It can also spread during certain types of sexual activity. Shigella infection is highly contagious. Being exposed to even a miniscule amount of contaminated fecal matter can cause infection.
Other shigellosis symptoms and signs
- Diarrhea That May Be Bloody
- Feeling a Need to Have a Bowel Movement, Even Though the Bowels Are Empty (a Sensation Medically Known as Tenesmus)
- Stomach or Abdominal Pain
Main Article on Shigellosis Symptoms and Signs
Pictures, Images, Illustrations & Quizzes
20 Food Poisoning Dangers: Types, Symptoms, and Treatments
Concerned about food poisoning outbreaks? From ground beef to lettuce, many foods can cause them. Learn about foodborne diseases...
Food Poisoning Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
What causes food poisoning? Can it be prevented? Take this quiz to learn about food safety and how to guard yourself against food...
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter