shig·​el·​lo·​sis | \ ˌshi-gə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce shigellosis (audio) \
plural shigelloses\ ˌshi-​gə-​ˈlō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce shigelloses (audio) \

Definition of shigellosis

: dysentery caused by shigellae

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Texas Beach Watch lists potential illnesses that could result from ingesting that dangerous water including Bacterial infections such as cholera, salmonellosis, shigellosis, and gastroenteritis. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "See which Houston-area beaches currently have dangerous fecal matter levels, per government readings," 21 June 2019 In the colonias, that has led to higher rates of hepatitis A, salmonellosis, shigellosis and tuberculosis compared with the rest of the state, according to researchers at the University of Texas. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Precarious Life of Texas Farmworkers Becomes Riskier With Warming," 23 Apr. 2018 The number of cases of shigellosis ((pronounced she-guh-LO-sis) throughout the state has totaled 454 so far this year. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Flint Hit With Bacterial Illness as Residents Shun City Water," 4 Oct. 2016 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shigellosis affects 500,000 people in the United States every year. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Flint Hit With Bacterial Illness as Residents Shun City Water," 4 Oct. 2016 Matt Karwowski, a medical epidemiologist with the C.D.C., said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that outbreaks of shigellosis were not uncommon in the United States, particularly during the summer months. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Flint Hit With Bacterial Illness as Residents Shun City Water," 4 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of shigellosis

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shigellosis

New Latin

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shig·​el·​lo·​sis | \ ˌshig-ə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce shigellosis (audio) \
plural shigelloses\ -​ˈlō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce shigelloses (audio) \

Medical Definition of shigellosis

: infection with or dysentery caused by bacteria of the genus Shigella

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