by Andre Evans, Natural Society:
A new report says that a drug resistant strain of shigella has been brought into the United States by travelers over the last few months.
There are multiple types of shigella bacteria. Shigella sonnei is the most common type, and a new strain has surfaced that is becoming increasingly resistant to all types of antibiotics generally used to counteract shigella infection. As of a 2013 report, roughly 27,000 cases of shigella were found to be resistant to at least one type of antibiotic used to treat it. That number has likely and may continue to increase as strains become more resistant. The more recent CDC report says that from May 2014 to Feburary 2015 a drug resistant version of shigella sonnei infected 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico.
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