Published on: April 29, 2022

SHIGELLA INFECTION

SHIGELLA INFECTION

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Shigella bacterial infection has been reported in Kerala’s Kozhikode after a gap of around a-year-and-a-half as three children from the district were found to have its symptoms

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  • Intestinal infection caused by a family of bacteria known as shigella
  • Transmission – Contaminated food, water , infected surface
  • Symptoms – diarrhoea, fever, stomach cramps which can last for seven days
  • Treatment – It is generally done through antibiotics which can shorten the duration of the illness
  • Susceptible Group – Children under age 10 are most likely to get shigella infection but it can occur at any age
  • Precaution – Doctors advise frequently washing hands with soap and running water to avoid infections such as Shigella