SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – What is Shigella?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by Shigella bacteria. It is extremely contagious and the germs can stay in the stool for up to two weeks after symptoms cease. A person can become infected by swallowing recreational water (pool, lake, etc) contaminated with germs.READ MORE: Helicopter Carrying Multiple People Crashes Near Colusa, FAA Says
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- Stomach cramps
- Need to pass stool even when the bowels are empty
However, not all people who are infected exhibit symptoms and the infection generally resolves without treatment within a week. A patient should contact a health care provider if they exhibit the following symptoms:MORE NEWS: Hefty Fees Part Of New Parking Experiment At Lake Tahoe Beach
- Bloody diarrhea
- Severe stomach cramping or tenderness
- Feel very sick
The CDC advises patients to not use anti-diarrheal medicine because it can make symptoms worse. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics.