Thursday, April 24 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:36:25 GMT
The Bossier Parish School Board voted Thursday afternoon to save the district $2 million, which will speed up their school building plan. The board voted to sell $25 million worth of bonds this afternoon,More >>
The Bossier Parish School Board voted Thursday afternoon to save the district $2 million, which will speed up their school building plan.More >>
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed that there are now 101 cases of Cyclospora in Texas on Friday, including two in Smith County and one in Hunt County. This number marks an increase of 21 since numbers were released on Thursday.
Other affected counties include Collin, Comal, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Harris, Hidalgo, Hood, Johnson, Montague, Parker, Potter, Tarrant, Tom Green, Travis, Victoria and Williamson.
Dallas (17), Collin (16) and Tarrant (13) have reported the most cases. 21 cases are still pending assignment.
Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by a one-cell parasite invisible to the naked eye. It takes around two weeks to incubate then causes intense diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps and pain, bloating, nausea and fatigue.
"It's typically a lower intestinal symptom like diarrhea and it can go on for a very long time, for weeks," says Dr. Ed Dominguez, an infectious disease specialist in Dallas, TX.
NET Health officials say the illness is believed to be foodborne. People get sick by ingesting water or food that has been contaminated with feces passed by a person who is already infected. They say to avoid getting sick people should thoroughly wash their fruits and vegetables.
"Don't eat them raw, straight out of a bag, or off the shelf, or even from the farmers market," Hopkins says.
NET Health is working to track down how the people in East Texas got the parasite.
"We look at their lifestyle as far as where they shop, what kinds of foods they eat, how they prepare it, and what restaurants do they frequent," says Hopkins.
They will then take that information to the State Health Department to decide if all of the recent Cyclospora cases are somehow related.
People who think they have been infected should see their doctor immediately. Untreated symptoms can last from a few days to a month and may go away for a while before returning.
Thursday, April 24 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:50:03 GMT
A Marion County waste-to-power plant was reportedly converting medical waste, including human tissue and possibly aborted fetuses, into power.That report prompted Marion County commissioners to scheduleMore >>
A Marion County waste-to-power plant was reportedly converting medical waste, including human tissue and possibly aborted fetuses, into power.More >>
A pedestrian explains to KSLA News 12 the temptation to avoid a busy Shreveport crosswalk and instead use a popular shortcut, used dozens of times a day. But, that's exactly the spot that turned into a tragic accident on Thursday.More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:28:26 GMT
Pranks can be mean-spirited and cruel. Not this one. Parents of this youngster have decided to make his childhood just a little more magical. Take a look. Please feel free to try and trick your childrenMore >>
Click here to watch the adorable trick parents played on their little one, and to hear his jocular response.More >>
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