How can you prevent shigellosis?
You can help
prevent the spread of shigellosis by washing your hands frequently and
carefully with soap, especially if you work or spend time in day care centers
or with children who are not completely toilet trained. When possible, keep
young children with shigellosis who are still in diapers away from uninfected
If your child is in diapers and has shigellosis, after
diaper changing, wipe the changing area with a disinfectant such as
diluted household bleach and put the diapers in a
closed-lid garbage can. Then wash your hands with soap and warm water.
People who have
shigellosis should not prepare food or pour water for others. Shigella are present in the diarrhea of people with
shigellosis and for 1 or 2 weeks after symptoms have stopped.
Does shigellosis have any complications?
shigellosis, it may take months before your bowel movements are completely
normal again. But people with diarrhea usually recover completely.
A small number of people who are infected with one type of shigella bacteria,
Shigella flexneri, will later develop pain in their
joints, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. This is called
Reiter's syndrome. It can last for months or years and
can lead to chronic