Information About Shigella Infections

(also known as Shigellosis)

Shigella infections are highly contagious, bacterial infections of the digestive tract. Symptoms include diarrhea, cramping, vomiting and nausea, to more serious complications and illnesses. These infections sometimes go away on their own; in others, antibiotics can shorten the course of the illness. Shigellosis, which is most common during the summer months, usually affects kids 2 to 4 years old, and rarely infects infants younger than 6 months old.

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