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Shigella: guidance, data and analysis

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

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

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

S. boydii and S. dysenteriae are not indigenous to the UK and occur as travel associated cases. S. sonnei and S. flexneri are endemic in the UK, although they can also be travel associated. Primarily a disease of children, over the past 10 years in England and Wales, non-travel associated cases in adults aged 16- to 60-years-old have risen, to account for a majority of all cases reported. Outbreaks of S. sonnei and S. flexneri have been linked to person-to-person spread among men who have sex with men..

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Diagnosis and management

Epidemiology

  1. Shigella: national laboratory data

    • Research and analysis
  2. Shigella: epidemiology in adults in London

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

    • Research and analysis

Travel-associated infections

  1. Travel-associated Shigella infections

    • Research and analysis

Non-travel associated infections

Reports on non-travel associated shigella infections in England.

  1. Non-travel associated Shigella infections

    • Research and analysis
Published 1 December 2013
Last updated 13 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Shigellosis: public health management and questionnaire'.
  2. New sub-group added for non-travel associated infection reports
  3. Added 'Shigella: epidemiology in adults in London'.
  4. Added new data to the epidemiology section.
  5. Added Travel-associated Shigella report 2014
  6. Added 'Shigella: epidemiology in adults in South East from 2011 to 2015'.
  7. Added shigella epidemiology in adults in London from 2011 to 2015.
  8. First published.