Shigellosis - Statistics and Incidence Rate

Shigellosis is a bacterium that can be transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route (such as not washing hands after using the washroom) and from contaminated food and water (such as infected fresh produce and wading pools).

Symptoms of shigellosis include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting

Shigellosis in Niagara

  • Less than five cases reported for 2015
  • Compared to the province, Niagara has had a lower incidence rate of Shigellosis as far back as 2006 (Figure 1)

Figure 1. Incidence rate of Shigellosis by year, for Niagara region and Ontario (2006-2014).

Probable and confirmed cases reported.
Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted March 31, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health; Population Estimates, IntelliHealth, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [2015], extracted April 17, 2015 by Niagara Region Public Health. Ontario data: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Integrated Public Health System database, extracted by Public Health Ontario [April 20, 2015].

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