FORT STOCKTON, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Texas Department of State Health Services is warning residents of a shigellosis outbreak that is taking place in Fort Stockton.
According to DHS, 27 cases have been reported in Fort Stockton and Pecos County thus far. Furthermore, DHS officials say the initial patients were sick in October and at least three were hospitalized.
No source has been identified, according to the release.
Shigellosis is spread through the stool of those that are sick or by consuming contaminated food or water, DHS reports.
It can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and more. Anyone experiencing symptoms is encouraged to contact local health professions and stay home from work or school.