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How common is dysentery?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Dysentery is fairly common. Approximately 14,000 Americans annually report having developed shigellosis, the infectious disease that can lead to dysentery. Dysentery is even more common in developing countries or in those countries with refugee camps.

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