The nurse is caring for a patient diagnosed with shigellosis. Which of the following statements made by the patient indicates the need for additional medical counseling?

"I can prevent this disease in the future by coughing in my cuff, not my hand"


• Shigellosis, or dysentery, is a foodborne illness, transmitted directly from person-to-person through the mouth.

• Shigellosis is caused by a bacteria. It causes dysentery, diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

• Strict enteric precautions should be maintained to prevent the spread of infection to family and friends.

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