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What are the symptoms of dysentery?

Symptoms of dysentery, also known as infectious diarrhea, include diarrhea with blood, abdominal pain, fever and rectal tenesmus (the feeling of incomplete defecation). Depending on the organism causing the dysentery there can also be mucus in the stool, and people can lose a lot of fluid. With these severe forms, hospitalization is usually required.
 

Severe diarrhea that often includes blood, pus or mucus in the feces is the chief symptom of dysentery. The most common initial symptom is a fever followed by intestinal cramps and then frequent, intense diarrhea that can cause rectal pain. Children can develop a high fever and serious complications such as dehydration.

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