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Shigellosis. Isn’t that a cool word? However this is not a cool infection to have. It is the most communicable of bacterial diarrheas accounting for 77% of reported cases. We are the bacteria’s (usually S. sonnei) natural host. There are 20,000-30,000 cases each year in the US. It causes some major dehydration.
this is definitely not a friendly bug. it’s estimated to kill over 1 million people each year, most of which are children.
This is an extremely un-fun disease to contract! Shigellosis is also known as bacillary dysentery.
Did you know that the word dysentery describes a condition (a set of symptoms) and not a specific disease? Dysentery is any inflammatory disorder of the intestine (generally the colon) that results in severe diarrhea containing mucus and/or blood in the stool, along with fever and abdominal pain.
So whether it’s caused by protozoa, virus, bacteria, parasite, or (in rare cases) chemical irritation, if you have:
1. Severe bloody diarrhea
2. Fever, and
3. Abdominal pain (mild or severe)
congratulations, you have dysentery! Most forms of dysentery will pass within two weeks, so long as proper care (rehydration, and if it’s shigellosis, antibiotics) is given.