What is shigellosis? 

Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. People who eat food or drink water contaminated with Shigella bacteria can become ill with shigellosis.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Signs and symptoms are commonly seen 1 to 7 days after exposure and include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Blood and/or mucus in stool
  • Abdominal cramps

How is it spread?

Shigellosis can be spread:

  • From person-to-person by fecal-oral route (e.g., unwashed hands).
  • By touching contaminated hands or objects.
  • Swallowing contaminated food or water, such as raw or undercooked meats.

How long is it contagious?

Shigellosis is contagious from the time of infection until 4 weeks after symptoms have stopped.

Should I see a health care provider?

Yes, contact your health care provider if you think you or your child has shigellosis.