Shigella bacteria is the new medical threat in America

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“This is the next story on yet another bug that has developed resistance to multiple antibiotics,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The problem becomes because people are traveling abroad. Shigella is already a bug that’s spread from person to person very readily. This bacteria is resistant to the stomach acid. Even shigellosis can produce death, usually most cases get better in two, three, maybe four days on their own. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea, that can last several days or more than a week, resulting in dehydration, when a patient can die. Antibiotic resistance is the result of antibiotic overuse by patients, doctors and farmers and reducing antibiotics is the way to change things for the years to come.

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