Outbreak of Shigella sonnei in a rural hotel in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain

  1. Julia Alcoba Flórez 1
  2. Eduardo Pérez Roth
  3. Sandra González Linares 1
  4. Sebastián Méndez Álvarez 2
  1. 1 Hospital Clinico Universitario de Valencia

    Hospital Clinico Universitario de Valencia

    Valencia, España

    ROR https://ror.org/00hpnj894

  2. 2 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01r9z8p25

International microbiology: official journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology

ISSN: 1618-1905

Year of publication: 2005

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 133-136

Type: Article


Shigella sonnei is a significant cause of gastroenteritis in both developing and industrialized countries. Knowledge of the diversity and antimicrobial susceptibility of the bacterium may be helpful in the management of both individual cases and outbreaks. This study was undertaken to evaluate the molecular epidemiology of an outbreak of diarrhea due to S. sonnei. The outbreak involved 14 of 28 (50%) tourists in a small rural hotel in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain. All of the S. sonnei isolates recovered had the same antimicrobial susceptibility and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns, suggesting that the outbreak was produced by a single strain. [Int Microbiol 2005; 8(2):133-136]