What is the global prevalence of Shigella infection?

Updated: Apr 03, 2018
  • Author: Jaya Sureshbabu, MBBS, MRCPCH(UK), MRCPI(Paeds), MRCPS(Glasg), DCH(Glasg); Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Worldwide, the incidence of shigellosis is estimated to be 164.7 million cases per year, of which 163.2 million were in developing countries, where 1.1 million deaths occurred. About 60% of all episodes and 61% of all deaths attributable to shigellosis involved children younger than 5 years. The incidence in developing countries may be 20 times greater than that in developed countries. Although the relative importance of various serotypes is not known, an estimated 30% of these infections are caused by S dysenteriae.

Case-fatality rates for S dysenteriae infections may approach 30%. Patients with malnutrition are at increased risk of having complicated course. Shigella infection in malnourished children often causes a vicious cycle of further impaired nutrition, recurrent infection, and further growth retardation.

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