Shigellosis Epidemiology

Shigella causes bacillary dysentery, which refers to diarrheal stool containing pus and blood. Worldwide, there are an estimated 165 million cases of shigellosis annually with 1 million associated deaths. Shigellosis mostly affects children 6 months to 10 years of age. In the United States, shigellosis is a serious problem in daycare centers and areas with crowded living conditions such as urban centers. Most cases of shigellosis are a result of person-to-person transmission. Shigella transmission from contaminated food and water, although less common, is associated with large outbreaks.

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