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The Carlos III Health Institute in Spain reports a doubling in Shigella cases in 2022 year to date compared to 2021.


They report 203 cases of the infection have been been reported so far this year, compared to the 99 that were recorded in 2021.

According to Miguel Ángel Goenaga, spokesman for the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC), “Traditionally it was related to trips to countries with less developed hygiene conditions. The means of contagion used to be through interpersonal contact, contact with surfaces and objects where the bacteria were, or ingestion of contaminated food or water. But sexual contact can also be a route of transmission and it is gaining weight in recent years. The group of cases that have appeared lately are more related to this last mode of transmission”.

In February, the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) issued an alert on the detection throughout Europe of an increase in cases of shigellosis, especially among men who have sex with men. Specifically, the European body warned of an increase in infections in this group by Shigella sonnei , which also showed resistance to available antibiotics.

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