Dysentery

Dysentery

Dysentery is an infectious disease associated with with severe diarrhea. In the United States, signs and symptoms are normally mild and usually disappear within a few days. Most people will not seek medical attention. If a person seeks medical help for dysentery in the U.S., however, the authorities must be informed. It is a notifiable disease. Each year worldwide, there are between 120 million and 165 million cases of Shigella infection, of which 1 million are fatal. Over 60 percent of these fatalities are children under 5 years old in developing countries.


Symptoms

  • The symptoms of dysentery range from mild to severe, largely depending on the quality of sanitation in the areas where infection has spread. In developed countries, signs and symptoms of dysentery tend to be milder than in developing nations or tropical areas. Mild symptoms include: a slight stomach-ache, cramping, diarrhea.


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