Shigellosis outbreak in Berazategui, Argentina

The death of a small child in Berazategui has resulted in the closing of all 65 schools in the area until the source of the infection is discovered and to prevent any further spread. So far, there have been 25 suspected cases due to infection with Shigella bacteria.

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Advice For Travellers

The exposure risk for the average traveller is probably low, provided the traveller exercises caution and follows strict water and food precautions while travelling. Food and water that are contaminated with human waste from infected persons is a common source for these bacteria.

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