Nanobugs

Nanobugs

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(a.k.a. Shigella)

Slogan: “To the toilet you’ll run when I have my fun.”

Habitat: Humans and other large primates are the only carriers of this bacterium found in sewage and manure.

Common food sources: Raw produce, contaminated drinking water, uncooked or cooked foods that are not reheated after contact with infected food handler.

Illness: Just a small number of these bacteria can make a person very sick. Shigella causes severe diarrhea with blood and pus in the stools. People get sick with shigella from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

How to avoid: Wash hands frequently, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers, and before preparing food or beverages. People with diarrhea should not prepare food for others. Avoid swallowing swimming pool water.

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