Q: Dear Dr. Mao
What are the causes and symptoms of dysentery?
A: Dysentery is a condition of intestinal inflammation characterized by abdominal pain, intense, urgent, watery diarrhea with foul smelling, bloody or mucous feces, dry mouth, thirst, and decreased urination. To prevent dehydration, plenty of fluids should be consumed. The person will sometimes defecate 30 or 40 times daily. Food poisoning can be a possible cause. Dysentery is considered to be contagious and is usually transmitted through unsanitary food or water. Sometimes the person also has vomiting.