The toolkit was developed to help state and local health departments respond to suspected or confirmed cases clusters, or outbreaks of Shigella infection. The toolkit materials include information on data collection, responding to an outbreak of shigella infection, communications such as fact sheets palm cards.
Shigellosis is a highly contagious diarrheal disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Outbreaks of Shigella infection can occur from environmental, food, water, or person-to- person exposure. Anyone can get sick from Shigella infection. However, groups that may be at particular risk include children, travelers, men who have sex with men, and people with weakened immune systems. Shigella bacteria have increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance both in the United States and globally.