Shigella Infection (cont.)
In this Article
- Shigellosis facts*
- What is shigellosis?
- What are the symptoms of Shigella?
- How long after infection do symptoms appear?
- How long will symptoms last?
- Can there be any complications from Shigella infections?
- How can Shigella infections be diagnosed?
- How can Shigella infections be treated?
- Is antibiotic resistance a problem with Shigella?
- How will I know if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
- What should I do if I have an antibiotic-resistant Shigella infection?
- How can we reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant Shigella?
- How is Shigella spread?
- How can I reduce my risk of getting shigellosis?
- I was diagnosed with shigellosis. What can I do to avoid giving it to other people?
- My child was diagnosed with shigellosis. How can I keep others from catching it?
- Should an infected person be excluded from school or work?
- What else can be done to prevent shigellosis?
- What can be done if an outbreak of Shigella occurs in the childcare setting?
- People at Risk
My child was diagnosed with shigellosis. How can I keep others from catching it?
- Supervise handwashing of toddlers and small children after they use the toilet. Wash infants' hands with soap and water after diaper changes.
- Dispose of soiled diapers properly, and clean diaper changing areas after using them.
- Keep the child out of childcare and group play settings while ill with diarrhea, and follow the guidance of your local health department about returning your child to his or her childcare facility.
- Avoid taking your child swimming or to group water play venues until after he or she has fully recovered.
Should an infected person be excluded from school or work?
School and work exclusion policies differ by local jurisdiction. Check with your local or state health department to learn more about the laws where you live. It is critical to practice good hand-washing after changing diapers, after using the toilet, and before preparing or eating food to prevent the spread of these and many other infections.
What else can be done to prevent shigellosis?
- Providing municipal water service, this may be lacking in many lower income countries. Making municipal water supplies available and safe and treating sewage are highly effective prevention measures that have been in place for many years.
- Following these guidelines to make your food safer to eat. People with shigellosis should not prepare food or drinks for others until they are well. Food service workers should not prepare or handle food for others until their local health department has authorized them to return to work. Improvements in worker sick leave policies and providing adequate hygiene facilities and education for food service workers may prevent shigellosis caused by contaminated foods.
- At swimming beaches, providing enough bathrooms and handwashing stations with soap near the swimming area helps keep the water from becoming contaminated.
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