richard richardz at cy-net.net
Fri Jan 17 10:21:02 EST 1997

In article <32DD6A17.1632 at ix.netcom.com>, D&J Wingert <dwangert at ix.netcom.com> says:
>Has anyone heard of an outbreak of diarrhea in Bonham, Texas, a
>co-worker said she heard on the am news that there was an out break
>there, all of the people involved ate at a restaurant (I choose not to
>name it at this time) . I searched Medscape for new outbreaks but have
>found nothing. Also checked OUTBREAK,,, nothing.  This strain supposedly
>lasts 16 months,, ??? Am wondering if she got her facts strainght.
>  Thanks
>    June

If you really need to know, try contacting the Texas Dept. of Public 
Health in Austin and ask to speak to their epidemiologist.
Also, the head of their microbiology lab might know.  

My guess is that something is not right with the story.  I don't know
what 'lasts 16 months" refers to.  Most foodborne outbreaks run
brief courses: typically the illnesses are mild and if enough people
have severe symptoms the source of infection gets tracked down and
the outbreak comes to a halt.

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