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A Shigellosis outbreak was declared November 26, 2021 in Bulawayo City, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.

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The outbreak is mostly centered around Tshabalala suburb. As of Dec. 15, a total of 1,111 cases and 1 death (CFR 0.1%) have been reported so far from Bulawayo City.

The source of the outbreak is not reported.

From the beginning of the year to Dec. 12, 2021, Zimbabwe recorded 13,397 cases of Shigellosis with 22 deaths (CFR 0.2%).

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Shigella bacteria spread easily from one person to another because it takes as few as 10 germs to make you sick. Symptoms of shigellosis include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people get better after about one week but can be sick longer or become dehydrated and need medical care. People can also be contagious even after feeling better. The germs can spread when someone with Shigella does not wash their hands well after using the toilet then contaminates objects, food or water. Shigella also spreads easily through sexual contact. Handwashing with soap and water is the best way to protect yourself and others against Shigella infections.