Victorian CHO Brett Sutton has issued the state a gastro superbug warning, so that’s nice.

He issued an alert for clinicians and the public over the bacteria infection – known as shigellosis – that is increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

And the side effects sound pretty nasty: diarrhoea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.

“Symptoms usually develop one to three days following exposure but can occur as early as 12 hours to as late as one week afterwards in some cases,” Professor Sutton’s alert warned.

People with symptoms are being urged to practise safer sex, maintain good hygiene and avoid preparing food for others.

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