Grayson County health officials no longer believe that a resent outbreak of dysentery caused by the shigella bacteria has been contained.

Grayson County health officials no longer believe that a resent outbreak of dysentery caused by the shigella bacteria has been contained.


"Most of those (infected) actually have recovered and are back to their normal daily activities," said County Health Department Spokeswoman Amanda Ortez. "But we believe that it’s ongoing, and it remains to be seen if it has been contained."


Six additional cases of shigellosis have been confirmed since last weekend.


"Cases have been identified in Howe, Denison, Van Alstyne and Sherman," said Ortez. "At this time, no common source has been identified, or relation to one another for those that are in the outlying areas. But we are working to identify (the relation)."


The bacteria, which causes fever, nausea, vomiting and blood- or mucus-laced diarrhea, is usually a result of poor hand-washing by children. In fact, seven of the 19 identified cases have been children enrolled at Sory Elementary in Sherman.


Individuals who believe they or their children have contracted shigellosis are advised to visit their general care practitioner or pediatrician. Frequent hand-washing is recommended for those hoping to avoid the illness.


"We are considering this an outbreak within Grayson County," said Ortez.