A shigella outbreak was announced by the Texas Department of State Health Services after 27 cases of shigellosis were reported to the Fort Stockton and Pecos County. The first known cases of the outbreak were reported in October 2019, while the latest case was reported in late November 2019. Public Health officials are investigating the shigella outbreak but at the moment there is no clear source that has been identified.
The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a warning to residents of the Fort Stockton County urging them to take precautions to avoid contracting the shigella bacteria. Chris Van Deusen, the Director of Media Relations of Texas Health and Human Services, stated:
“It’s a relatively common condition but we just want to let people know there’s an outbreak happening right now in Fort Stockton. That way they can protect themselves and their families from getting sick because it is not pleasant.”
Health Department Officials have advised anyone who believes they might be experiencing symptoms of shigella to contact their health care provider and get tested for shigella via stool culture.
Shigella bacteria are present in the diarrheal stools of infected persons while they are sick and for up to a week or two afterward. Most Shigella infections are the result of the bacterium passing from stools or soiled fingers of one person to the mouth of another person. The best way to avoid spreading the bacteria is to wash hands frequently, especially before preparing or serving food, before eating, after using the bathroom, after changing a diaper, and after cleaning areas where pets or livestock live. Health Department Officials are advising people who are sick to stay home from work or school until they are diarrhea and fever-free for at least 24 hours.
Ron Simon, a national Shigella Lawyer, stated “The majority of individuals infected with Shigella develop stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever 24 to 48 after they ingest the bacteria. The incubation period may, however, be as long as four days in rare cases. Typically the illness resolves in five to seven days.”
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