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Shigella Infection (cont.)

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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2016


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