March 7, 2008
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports six recent cases of a serious diarrheal illness in the Bastrop County area and is urging anyone with severe or bloody diarrhea to seek immediate medical attention. One person has died.
Symptoms also may include abdominal cramps.
The illnesses were caused by a shiga toxin, which can be produced by several kinds of bacteria. Results of laboratory tests to identify a specific bacteria are pending.
Shiga toxin illnesses are typically foodborne. A common source for the illnesses has not been identified.
Symptoms usually begin from one to nine days after exposure and are gastrointestinal in nature. They usually do not include fever, coughing, sneezing, congestion or other symptoms associated with influenza or other respiratory illness.
(News Media: For more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)