Dysentery affects fewer than 500,000 people every year. Most people contract dysentery by eating or drinking food and water contaminated by the bacterium or parasite mentioned above. Dysentery can also pass from person to person through oral-anal sexual contact or even through diaper-changing. Most people begin to notice symptoms of dysentery about 48 hours after exposure to Shigella bacteria, the most common form.
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