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CDC warns of increasing drug-resistant Shigella infections

Kateryna Kon
Rod-shaped bacteria Shigella which cause food-borne infection shigellosis or dysentery, 3D illustration

Most people have heard of the bacteria E. coli, which can spread through contaminated food and water, sometimes causing a nasty stomach bug.

Now imagine a version of E. coli that is extremely transmissible, and is resistant to antibiotics, and you've got the new strains of the bacteria Shigella, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently called out in a public health alert.

To start Wednesday's "Sound of Ideas," we're going to talk about why public health experts are concerned about the increase in Shigella, and we'll learn about the growing health risks of so-called "superbugs."

Joining us for this conversation is an infectious disease specialist from the Cleveland Clinic.

Later in the hour, we'll get an update on the corruption trial against ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges, as closing arguments were heard Tuesday.

-Dr. Kristin Englund, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Cleveland Clinic
-Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau Chief, Ohio Public Radio

Rachel is the Supervising Producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”