Everything you need to know about the DANGEROUS bug that's sweeping Ireland

5th Oct 17 | News

What to do if you have THIS symptom!

A VERY infectious vomiting and diarrhoea bug called Shigellosis or Shigella is sweeping families accross the nation at the moment - leaving those affected bed-ridden.

The nasty bug can cause a high fever, diarrhoea containing blood or mucus, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps and tenesmus - feeling the need to pass stool when the bowels are empty. These symptoms usually begin to show one to two days after exposure.

A Doctor told Express:

"If you do contract shigellosis, the most important thing is to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

Seek advice from a medical professional if you don’t feel better in 48 hours or if you spot blood in your diarrhoea.

It's better to call before going to see a GP too - as this will again reduce the risk of infecting others. If a child is suffering from the symptoms, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. "

Parents in both Ireland and the UK have been urged to remind their kids to wash their hands after using the bathroom to minimise risk of contracting the bug.