Mutant, drug-resistant stomach bug is spreading in the U.S., CDC warns

April 3, 2015 3:05 PM

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Mutant, drug-resistant stomach bug is spreading in the U.S., CDC warns

Since May 2014, Shigella sonnei bacteria that have shown resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin have sickened 243 people across 32 states and Puerto Rico, the federal agency said. "Research by the CDC found that the drug-resistant illness was being repeatedly introduced as ill travelers returned and was then infecting other people in a series of outbreaks around the country," the CDC explained.

Shigellosis is often associated with illnesses contracted while abroad. Although the bacteria isn't the only culprit responsible for travel-related stomach problems, its symptoms fall under the umbrella of illnesses known colloquially by several names, including "Montezuma's revenge," "Delhi belly" ...

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