Public Health Advisory 11/25/2019
Increase of Shigella Cases
Brazoria County has received an increased number of Shigella cases in the community over the past two months; particularly in children. Shigella bacteria is found in the feces (stool) of those infected and causes Shigellosis. Individuals are exposed via the fecal-oral route which can included: touching contaminated objects then touching your mouth, contaminated objects touching a person’s mouth, or consuming contaminated food or water.
Symptoms of Shigellosis include:
Those infected can exhibit all of the above symptoms or select symptoms. Severity can vary so it is possible to have a mild infection. Shigella bacteria can remain in the stool of those infected for up to one to four weeks after the onset of illness.
Shigellosis is a Texas Notifiable Condition and should be reported within one week to the Brazoria County Health Department staff; phone numbers 979-864-2154 or 979-864-2168.
Through planning, preparedness, and surveillance
Brazoria County Health Department
will promote, ensure and improve
the health and well being of its residents.
Local Health Authority: Anthony S. Rogers, MD
Director of Public Health Services:
Cathy Sbrusch, RN, BSN, CIC
Please click link below for BCHD Notice of Privacy Practice:
FOR FOOD ESTABLISHMENT RELATED CONCERNS, CONTACT
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (979) 864-1600.
The Brazoria County Health Department Angleton office has a new address:
434 E. Mulberry, Angleton, Texas 77515
and our fax number has changed to 979-864-3955.