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Is dysentery contagious?

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Dysentery is very contagious. Stay home from work or school until you've been diarrhea-free for at least 48 hours, to avoid passing the infection to others. Wash your hands often, and don't prepare food for anyone else for at least 2 days after your symptoms clear up.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shigella - Shigellosis: Diagnosis and Treatment."

Centre for Health Protection: "Bacillary Dysentery."

Government of Western Australia Department of Health: "Shigella Infection and Dysentery."

Harvard Medical School: "Gastrointestinal Amebiasis."

Hastings Borough Council: "Dysentery Fact Sheet."

Medscape: "Amebiasis Medication."

New York State Department of Health: "Amebiasis (amebic dysentery)."

NHS: "Dysentery."

Southern Nevada Health District: "Amebiasis (amebic dysentery)."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 12, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shigella - Shigellosis: Diagnosis and Treatment."

Centre for Health Protection: "Bacillary Dysentery."

Government of Western Australia Department of Health: "Shigella Infection and Dysentery."

Harvard Medical School: "Gastrointestinal Amebiasis."

Hastings Borough Council: "Dysentery Fact Sheet."

Medscape: "Amebiasis Medication."

New York State Department of Health: "Amebiasis (amebic dysentery)."

NHS: "Dysentery."

Southern Nevada Health District: "Amebiasis (amebic dysentery)."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 12, 2019

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