Food-borne illness on the rise in
Jeremy Henderson |
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Source of Article: http://lubbockonline.com/stories/100708/loc_341333806.shtml
Wash your hands. Wash them often. Shigellosis is on the rise.
Forty-four cases of the food-borne diarrheal illness – five times as many as expected for this time of year – have been reported to the the city of Lubbock Health Department since Sept. 6.
“It’s a cause for concern but not a cause for alarm,” said Judy Davis, a public health nurse with the department.
In addition to diarrhea lasting from four to seven days, symptoms include vomiting, stomach cramps, nausea and fever.
makes you feel pretty yucky,”
the bacterium responsible, is spread via the “fecal to oral route” according
is quite contagious,” said
“One thing we suspect may be happening ... is that doctors might simply be diagnosing more cases,” she said. “We had some outbreaks (of other intestinal illnesses) in the nation and the states this spring and summer, and physicians have been doing stool cultures more. I think we’re catching cases that we might not have caught otherwise.”
school nurses are not authorized to make medical diagnoses,
“We’re aware of the heightened awareness,” said Brian Morris, communications coordinator. “Whenever children present with diarrhea-like symptoms, they are, as a matter of policy, excluded from other students. Parents are contacted to pick them up and take them home ... and we are encouraging parents to have their child checked by their primary care physician.”
Despite hoping for the best, the Health Department is prepping for the worst.
really just trying to get people to focus on hand washing, especially after
going to the bathroom,”
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