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What is Shigella food poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Shigella food poisoning is an intestinal illness caused by bacteria of the group (genus) Shigella. Food that has been contaminated by infected feces is a source of the bacteria. Food may be contaminated by preparers who do not follow proper procedures for hand-washing or in fields in which water containing sewage is present.

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics
Shigella can occur when someone consumes food or water contaminated with this bacteria. It is easily pass to food when the person who is cooking fails to wash their hands after using the bathroom. Consuming a tiny amount of food with shigella can cause shigellosis. The symptoms include abdominal pain and cramps, fever and bloody diarrhea. Don't forget to wash hands when handling food.

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