How is shigellosis diagnosed?

Updated: Aug 20, 2021
  • Author: Heba Rashid Ashraf, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A sample of stool for culture should be obtained in all suspected cases of shigellosis. Specimens should be processed immediately after collection. Other lab tests, such as a WBC count, may be performed in persons with severe symptoms or to rule out other causes.

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