Shigella Infection

Shigella infection (shigellosis) is an intestinal disease. Children between the ages of 2 and 4 are more susceptible.  A mild case revolves around a week, but most people need doctor intervention.


The main sign of a Shigella infection is diarrhea, which can be bloody. Also, other symptoms usually begin a day or two or up to a week after contact. These signs include:

  • Diarrhea (often containing blood or mucus)
  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Fever

Although some people have no symptoms, their feces may still be contagious for months afterward.


Infection occurs when accidentally swallowing Shigella. Ingestion happens by:

  • Touching the mouth without washing hands after changing the diaper of a child who has a Shigella infection. Direct person-to-person contact is the most common way to get the disease.
  • Eating contaminated food by an infected person. A field containing sewage spreads the disease to food also.
  • Swallowing contaminated water from sewage or water from a person with Shigella who swam in it.


Shigella infection usually clears up without complications. However, it can take weeks or months before bowel habits return to normal. Yet, many do experience complications from the bacteria.

These include:

  • Dehydration including persistent diarrhea with lightheadedness, dizziness, lack of tears in children, sunken eyes and dry diapers. Severe dehydration can lead to shock and death.
  • Seizures occur from high fevers.
  • Rectal prolapse comes from straining during bowel movements.
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome can lead to a low red blood cell count (hemolytic anemia), low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) and acute kidney failure.
  • Toxic megacolon is a rare complication when the colon becomes paralyzed. This prevents bowel movements or passing gas. Without treatment, the colon may rupture, causing peritonitis, a life-threatening infection requiring emergency surgery.
  • Reactive arthritis develops from the infection and causes joint pain and inflammation. This affects the ankles, knees, feet, and hips. It also brings redness, itching, and discharge in one or both eyes (conjunctivitis) and painful urination (urethritis).

Help after a Salmonella Infection

When you experience side effects from severe food poisoning, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. A verdict or settlement could also provide compensation for your injuries and damages. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is currently accepting Salmonella infection injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.

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