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Dysentery

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Introduction
Dysentery is an infection of the intestines that causes diarrhoea containing blood or mucus.
Symptoms of dysentery
Most people who get dysentery in the UK have only mild symptoms, which can clear up in a few days.
Causes of dysentery
Bacillary dysentery (shigellosis) is caused by shigella bacteria. Amoebic dysentery is caused by an amoeba (a single-cell parasite) usually found in tropical areas.
Diagnosing dysentery
You should visit your GP if you have diarrhoea containing blood or mucus that lasts longer than a few days.
Treating dysentery
Dysentery usually clears up after a few days and no treatment is needed. However, it is important to replace any fluids lost through diarrhoea.
Preventing dysentery
Dysentery is spread because of poor hygiene. To minimise the risk of catching the disease, wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet.
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