Infection control company Cairn Care has launched a free fact sheet to help care homes prevent the spread of dysentery.
Caused by shigella bacteria, bacillary dysentery is the most common type of dysentery in the UK. It can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, including nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea that contains blood or mucus, fever and stomach cramps.
Contamination usually happens because the infected person has not washed their hands properly after going to the toilet and then leaves infected deposits on touch points in their surroundings.
The 10-step plan for reducing the risk of dysentery and a visual handwashing guide are available by emailing Cairn Care.