Shigella sp

Precautions

Contact Precautions
Contact Precautions

General Information

Pathogen information

Aerobic gram negative rod

Epidemiology

Humans/animal reservoir.

Travel.

Outbreaks.

May also be sexually transmitted among men who have sex with men.

Associated syndromes

Gastroenteritis, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, reactive arthritis

Rarely: bacteremia, intra-abdominal abscess

Additional Information

Treat all patients for public health reasons (reduces shedding period).

Can also reduce duration of symptoms.

Unless severe illness or medically fragile, best to wait for susceptibilities before treating.