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Shigella: guidance, data and analysis

The diagnosis, management and epidemiology of shigella (bacillary dysentery).

Shigella, also known as bacillary dysentery, is caused by 4 species:

  • Shigella dysenteriae
  • Shigella flexneri
  • Shigella boydii
  • Shigella sonnei

Most reported cases of shigellosis in the UK are travel related. But infection is readily transmitted from child to child at home or, less frequently, in nurseries. In recent years outbreaks of Shigella sonnei and Shigella flexneri have been linked to person-to-person spread among men who have sex with men.

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Diagnosis and management

  1. Shigella: leaflet and poster for men who have sex with men

    • Promotional material

Epidemiology

  1. Shigella: epidemiology in adults in London from 2011 to 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. Shigella: epidemiology in adults in South East from 2011 to 2015

    • Research and analysis
  3. Shigella cases: 1992 to 2013

    • Official Statistics