Shigella: Overview

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Shigella is a family of bacteria that can cause diarrhea in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from person to person. A Japanese scientist named Shiga, for whom the bacteria are named, discovered Shigella over 100 years ago. There are several different kinds of Shigella bacteria: Shigella sonnei (also known as "Group D" Shigella) is responsible for over two-thirds of the cases of shigellosis in the United States. A second type, Shigella flexneri ("Group B" Shigella) accounts for almost all of the rest. Most people who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacterium. Although the infection usually goes away within a week, some individuals, especially young children and the elderly, may suffer such severe diarrhea that hospitalization is required.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems due to exposure to Shigella. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Harmful Bacteria & Fungus: Overview
  2. Diarrhea: Overview
  3. Digestive Disorders: Overview
  4. Shigellosis: Overview
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