Finland is the latest country to report Shigella infections in people returning from Cape Verde.
The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) recorded eight patients with shigellosis in November and December 2022, with a history of travel to Cape Verde.
Based on typing, the strains in five of these cases match those found in other European countries. Almost all Shigella infections found in Finland originate from abroad.
During 2022, more travel-related shigellosis cases than usual were recorded in several European countries. Patients are linked by trips to Cape Verde.
Related cases have been reported by the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, and Portugal.