Risks of shigellosis (Shigella)

Learn about the risks of shigellosis and who is most at risk.

Risks of getting shigellosis

You could be exposed to Shigella if:

You are at risk of being exposed to Shigella in your kitchen if you do not:

Outbreaks of shigellosis have occurred in:

Who is most at risk

Anyone can get shigellosis. However, you are at greater risk if you:

The risk of infection is also higher for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

Risk of complications

Most people recover completely on their own. Some people may experience long-term symptoms, such as reactive arthritis (Reiter's syndrome). These symptoms usually appear 3 to 4 weeks after you start feeling sick.

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