Report within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.
Shigellosis is an intestinal illness caused by infection with Shigella bacteria. People become infected by swallowing the bacteria. This can occur when they eat or drink contaminated food or water. The bacteria may also be passed from the infected stool or unclean fingers of one person to the hands and mouth of another person. Symptoms may include watery diarrhea (which may contain blood or mucus), fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.