Investigation of Risk Factors Associated with a Bacillary Dysentery Outbreak in a Primary School in Taoyuan County
1997 Vol.13 NO.1
Shigellosis is a common bacterial disease of the intestine characterized by watery diarrhea, and accompanied by fever, cramps and stools containing blood and mucus. The bacillus was isolated by Dr Shiga in 1898. The Shigella bacillus is divided into four main groups: Shigella dysenteriae, Shigella flexneri, Shigella boydii and Shigella sonnei. It is believed that a neurotoxin, the Shiga toxin, produced by Shigella bacillus. is responsible for the serious symptoms such as the inflammation and secretion of mucus of the intestines (1).