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:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea (may contain mucus or blood)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

 

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.

Recommendations:

  • Use proper hygiene
    • Wash hands before and after changing diapers, using the toilet, eating or preparing food, or petting an animal
    • Ensure supervised hand washing of small children after using the toilet
  • Disinfect surfaces such as toys, doorknobs, countertops, or other high-touch items
  • Individuals with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea SHOULD NOT attend school/childcare/public activities until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved without medication(s)
  • Symptomatic individuals should not participate in water activities until one week after diarrhea has stopped without the use of medication(s)
  • If you or your child are experiencing Shigellosis symptoms, visit your health care provider for diagnosis. Treatment is available but Shigellosis is usually self-resolving

 

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

Email: Cathys@Brazoria-County.com

 

Please click link below for BCHD Notice of Privacy Practice:

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.

 

Angleton

 

Other Links:

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Health Insurance Exchange

Medicaid - Your Texas Benefits

Recycling Drop-Off Sites

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