Shigella is a group of bacteria that can cause an infectious disease involving diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after exposure. The bacteria causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually . In persons with healthy immune systems, symptoms usually last about 5 to 7 days. Persons with diarrhea usually recover completely, although it may be several months before their bowel habits are entirely normal. Once someone has had shigellosis, they are not likely to get infected with that specific type again for at least several years. However, they can still get infected with…
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