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Lead / Introduction[edit]

the first part of the page doesn't make any sense. currently, this is what it says:

"Dysentery (formerly known as flux or the bloody flux) is a disorder of the digestive system that results in severe diarrhea containing mucus and blood in the feces.[1]

Sometimes these contents are described as "blood and/or mucus",[2] and sometimes "blood and mucus".[3] In either case, it represents the consequences of mucosal invasion of the intestine."

the second part makes no sense. how can it be described as "blood AND/OR mucus" and sometimes "blood AND mucus"? whoever wrote this must not know what the term "and/or" means. what's shocking is there are footnotes next to them. is it blood AND, OR, or AND/OR mucus? choose one. the entire second sentence isn't even needed. i would delete it myself, but a year ago i was banned for months for making simple changes like this. apparently some of the moderators don't know what the hell they're doing, and just ASSUME people are vandalizing shit when they aren't.

Does anyone know who discovered the causes of this disease? Sweetfreek 04:28, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

I don't know who wrote the group of unsigned paragraphs at the top. I created a new section to accommodate them and edited the text. Since amebic dysentery is a subset of dysentery, the use of "and/or" is justified.

The reference to New World was a non-sequitur, distracting from global prevalence. Cut. Martindo (talk) 23:07, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

I have a feeling the third paragraph in the intro is vandalism. Not to mention there are several spelling errors. "Since December, 2010 a record breaking number of confirmed "Dysentery" cases has been confirmed. Studied now show that 1 in 5 humans have the bacteria known to cause fatalities in their intestional system. This form of bacteria is a mutant species named "MiPo 12". There is currently no known treatment. Most infected will have surgery to remove the intestine and die a painful death." Jeshak (talk) 00:17, 30 November 2011 (UTC)


This disease is listed on WP:VITAL, yet lacks sources, a good historical outline and various other instruments essential to a good medical encyclopedia article. I'll do some work on this tonight, but help from someone with more microbiology background would be appreciated. JFW | T@lk 15:56, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

I know dysentery was a major problem for European medieval armies. Yet it isn't mentioned here at all... RobertM525 03:07, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

The Treatment Paragraph[edit]

Being relativly new to Wiki i wouldn;t know how to cite a source or to tell someone that that paragraph is DIRECTLY copied from

Thanks.not so m uch

Okay...The part about eating camel crap as a treatment.... Somebody needs to cite a source or something. I suspect vandalism. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:44, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

copyvio re. BBC article[edit]

BBC article

  1. "The main symptom of epidemic dysentery is bloody diarrhea. Other common symptoms include abdominal cramps, fever and rectal pain. Less frequent complications can include a form of blood poisoning known as sepsis, seizures and kidney failure."
  2. In adults, dysentery caused by bacteria usually subsides spontaneously. But in children, and other vulnerable groups, the condition can be treated with antibiotics. However, Shigella dysenteriae type 1 (Sd1) has, in recent years, become increasingly resistant to drug treatments. This resistance is plasmid-mediated. Among people who have become dehydrated as a result of the disease, the key is to replenish their fluid stocks as quickly as possible.
  3. This can be done using oral rehydration electrolytes or intravenous fluids. Amoebic dysentery is usually treated with a combination of drugs. These include an amoebicide to kill the parasite, an antibiotic to treat any associated bacterial infection, and a drug to combat infection of the liver and other tissues.

The culprit: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 01:11, 22 July 2007

Excellent catch - thanks for removing the offending section. -- MarcoTolo 06:14, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

Dysentery vs gastroenteritis[edit]

Someone please add a sentence or two that explains how to tell apart dysentery and gastroenteritis. --Una Smith 05:23, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Add EHEC or EIEC?[edit]

Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC)is an important cause of bacterial dysentery and should be include in the list of bacterial causes of dysentery. --Dixon737 (talk) 02:27, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

I believe Enteroinvasive Escherichia coli (EIEC) is the subtype of E. coli that causes dysentery. It is my understanding that dysentery = diarrhea with inflammation (mucus, WBCs), so invasion is required in order to attract WBCs. EIEC has the same plasmid that Shigella uses, so it should be the same, yes? I'm not positive about EHEC - I know it causes hemorrhagic colitis and HUS (EHEC 0157:H7), but I don't think it invades.

Additionally, I believe Campylobacter jejuni causes dysentery as well. Tootallterri (talk) 17:23, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

"Montezuma's revenge"[edit]

I believe Montezuma's revenge, or "traveller's diarrhea", is more commonly associated with ETEC. Amoebiasis is far less common. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jankow28 (talkcontribs) 00:53, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

er...rather uninformed looking claim[edit]

"A few years ago, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd caused an outbreak of dysentery at their Haywards Heath branch," —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:12, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Slashy slash slash. It's gone. No worries. JFW | T@lk 14:12, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Merge to gastroenteritis?[edit]

As they are very closely related with dysentery simply being gastroenteritis with blood in the stool. Thoughts? --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:32, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

Possible copyright problem[edit]

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