Doctors on alert amid rise in antibiotic-resistant shigellosis

Request a stool culture when investigating for shigellosis, recommend authorities.
Sarah Simpkins
Professor Brett Sutton
Professor Brett Sutton.

Antibiotic-resistant shigella infections are increasing in Victoria, with health authorities urging GPs to request stool cultures for suspected cases. 

A health alert issued by the state’s outgoing Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, also stressed the need to reserve antibiotic treatment for severe infections and immunocompromised individuals.