Find out how we define and monitor cases of shigellosis, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About shigellosis

Shigellosis, also called Shigella infection, is a type of gastroenteritis caused by the Shigella bacteria. It usually causes diarrhoea. People can become infected through contaminated food or water, or through direct contact with even tiny amounts of faeces from an infected person. 

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Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's Shigella infection page

Surveillance and reporting

Shigellosis is a nationally notifiable disease

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS). 

For more on shigellosis in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.  

Related programs

OzFoodNet is a network of epidemiologists that monitors and responds to foodborne diseases in Australia, including shigellosis. 

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