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Abu Dhabi Health Department warns of dangerous bacterial infection
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The Abu Dhabi Department of Health informed all healthcare service providers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that the World Health Organization had notified

The Abu Dhabi Department of Health informed all healthcare service providers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that the World Health Organization had notified, on March 24, of an unusual rise in the number of cases of the widely drug-resistant “Shigella sonnei extensively drug-resistant (XDR)” bacterium. More than that in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and several other countries in the WHO European Region since late 2021 (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain).

Shigellosis is an intestinal infection caused by a bacterium known as Shigella, and the most important signs of infection are diarrhea.

In detail, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, in a circular sent to all healthcare service providers in the emirate, clarified that although most of the recorded infections with "Shigella sonnei" bacteria cause a short period of time of illness and low deaths, shigellosis remains. Multidrug resistance (MDR) and widespread drug resistance (XDR) is a public health concern.