Inflammation of the intestines accompanied by bloody diarrhoea.
Dysentery is most often caused by shigella bacteria (shigellosis) or an amoeba. Dysentery is often spread through contaminated food or water.
A key symptom is bloody diarrhoea. There may also be abdominal pain, cramps, fever and malaise.
Prompt medical care is required for bloody diarrhoea. Treatment may include increased fluid intake, rehydration solutions, IV fluids and antibiotics.