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Does dysentery affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Dysentery is often a far more serious condition in children than adults. Children are more susceptible to Shigella, the bacteria that most commonly causes bacterial dysentery. They can experience worse symptoms than adults including a higher fever, frequent bowel movements, rectal prolapse, and more frequent seizures. Children are also more easily affected by dangerous dehydration caused by severe diarrhea.

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