Preventing Shigellosis

You can prevent shigellosis by:

Minimizing Your Risk

Wash your hands

  • Wash hands after using the bathroom and changing diapers, and before handling or eating any food.

  • Wash hands before preparing food for yourself or others.

  • Make sure that persons with diarrhea, especially children, wash their hands carefully and frequently with soap to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

  • Hand Hygiene
    Wash Your Hands!


Keep ill children home from daycare and preschool



Use caution when swimming

  • Avoid swallowing lake or pool water while swimming.

  • Anyone with a diarrheal illness should avoid swimming in public pools or lakes, sharing baths with others, and preparing food for others.
  • Healthy Swimming
    CDC; Contains information on recreational waterborne illnesses. Attention: Non-MDH link


Do you suspect that you have a foodborne illness? Visit reporting suspected foodborne illnesses.


Updated Monday, 12-Aug-2013 13:00:41 CDT