Although the World Health Organization has been working on a shigella vaccine, none is available yet. To prevent the spread of shigella:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Supervise small children when they wash their hands.
  • Dispose of soiled diapers properly.
  • Disinfect diaper-changing areas after use.
  • Don't prepare food for others if you have diarrhea.
  • Keep children with diarrhea home from child care, play groups or school.
  • Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes or untreated pools.
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