Antibiotic-resistant Shigella sparks concern amid outbreak

It's prompting reminders to educate patients about safe sex practices

Nearly one-third of cases of Shigella infection are showing signs of treatment resistance, according to NSW Health officials who are battling an outbreak.

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The bowel infection has resulted in 91 cases in the state between November 2017 and April 2018, with 31% of infections demonstrating multi-drug resistance.

The ongoing outbreak has prompted an awareness campaign in the gay community as concern grows about antibiotic-resistant Shigella strains.

Last year, data from Victoria suggested up to 44% of notified cases