A Relay For Life event in Center Friday night led to gastro-intestinal illnesses for more than three dozen people. Department of State Health Services officials said the investigation is continuing and that no organism or specific source for the illnesses have been confirmed yet, though some kind of food or drink served at the event is suspected.
We spoke to DSHS spokesperson Doug McBride from Austin on the phone this afternoon. He advised, " You want as much information as you can, as quickly as you can to try to identify what the source of an illness outbreak is so the more people who contact us, the more people we can ask what they drank, what they ate. "
Center schools did report some absences connected to the illness, but overall attendance is normal for this time of year. We hear from Superintendent James Hockenberry. " I'm kept informed. I'm aware of the situation, but we're very optimistic and things are looking really good for them. "
Those who attended the Center Relay For Life and experienced the illness should call the Tyler DSHS office at 903-533-5262.
DSHS Investigating Center Illnesses - May 8, 2008 submitted by Doug McBride, DSHS press officer
The Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating a cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses in more than three dozen people who attended a Relay For Life event at Roughrider Stadium in Center last Friday evening.
Illness symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Anyone who attended the event and had these symptoms is asked to notify DSHS in Tyler at (903) 533-5262. Those needing medical attention should contact a doctor or other medical care provider.
DSHS officials said the investigation is continuing and that no organism or specific source for the illnesses have been confirmed yet, though some kind of food or drink served at the event is suspected.