Antibiotic Resistant Shigella Outbreak in London

Shigella infection (shigellosis) is an intestinal disease caused by a family of bacteria known as shigella. The main sign of shigella infection is diarrhoea, which often is bloody. It may be mistaken for food poisoning. Shigella can be passed through direct contact with the bacteria in faeces (stool, or “poo”). For example, this can happen […]


Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by strains of the more common STI chlamydia. LGV causes symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, fever, muscular pain and a general feeling of being unwell. Symptoms can become severe if left untreated, and lead to longer-term health problems, but the infection can be treated […]

Shigella in the UK

Shigella is a bacterial gut infection that causes severe, prolonged diarrhoea and stomach cramps. It is spread through oral contact with faeces, either directly due to sexual activities such as rimming (oral-anal contact) or via unwashed hands. Only tiny amounts of the bacteria can transmit the infection. Symptoms usually develop one to three days after […]

Significant Worsening of Sexual Health in England in 2011

There has been a significant worsening in the sexual health of men who have sex with men in England, new surveillance data released by the Health Protection Agency shows. Infections also remained high among heterosexual young people, aged between 15 and 24. Although the increase in diagnoses is partly attributed to improved testing and surveillance, doctors believe […]