February 5, 2014 | by Staff reports
Shigella outbreak in UK linked to rimming
Shigella, bacteria, rimming, gay news, Washington Blade

Shigella grow on agar plates in a lab. (Photo public domain)

LONDON — The UK has seen an increase in cases of a bacterial infection linked to rimming by gay and bi men, Gay Star News reports.

Shigella can lead to diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever. It’s spread through oral contact with feces or unwashed hands, the article said.

In 2009, there were only 43 cases among men in the UK that did not have a link to travel. Just four years later, reports have surged to 224 cases with more cases expected, Gay Star News reports.

“Shigella is on the rise, so it is vital gay and bisexual men know about it and how to avoid getting it,” Dr. Gwenda Hughes, head of STI surveillance at Public Health England, was quoted as saying.

Posters and leaflets informing men about the infection are being distributed to nightclubs, saunas and bars and other gay venues, as well as sexual health clinics.

Gay and bisexual men are being urged to avoid oral-fecal contact and to wash their hands thoroughly and shower after sex, the article said.

The infection is treatable with antibiotics.

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