Physical Health


Shigellosis is a very contagious diarrheal disease caused by bacteria called Shigella. Shigella causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually.

What Are the Symptoms of Shigella Infection?

Symptoms of the Shigella infection typically start one to two days after exposure and include:

  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • A painful sensation of needing to pass stools even when bowels are empty