Infectious Disease Control UnitMail Code: 1960 PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-93471100 West 49th Street, Suite T801Austin, TX 78714
Phone: 512 776 7676
Fax: (512) 776-7616
Shigellosis is an illness caused by Shigella bacteria.
By hand-to-mouth contact with stool (feces) from a sick person or animal, eating contaminated foods, or drinking contaminated water.
You are more likely to get shigellosis if you:
Treatment & Prevention
Always wash your hands:
School Exclusion Policy
Exclude until diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of diarrhea suppressing medications and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications.
Recent Texas Trends
In a typical year, 2000-3000 cases of Shigellosis are reported in Texas. The majority of cases reported occur in school aged children.
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