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SHERMAN -- The Grayson County Health  Department will discuss the recent Shigella outbreak at a seminar at Austin College this afternoon. It is free and open to the public.

According to the Austin College website, "John Teel, director of health for the Grayson County Health Department, will make a presentation to Austin College science students at a Biology Seminar Thursday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m. in IDEA Center, Room 127, on campus. Teel will speak on 'Grayson County Shigellosis Outbreak 2013-2014.' The seminar is free and open to the public.

According to Grayson County Health Department literature, Shigellosis is an infectious disease of the digestive system caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most people who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they swallow the bacteria. Shigellosis usually goes away in 4 to 7 days, and in the U.S., those with Shigellosis rarely require hospitalization.

For Austin College science students, the presentation is timely on two fronts. One, Grayson County recorded one of the three worst outbreaks of the infection in the U.S. this winter, and two, because of the focus of Austin College faculty and students upon the viral spread of disease due to the upcoming campus visit by Dr. Nathan Wolfe.

Austin College has announced several weeks ago that Wolfe, who has been called the "Indiana Jones of virus hunting," is the 2014 recipient of the College's Posey Leadership Award in recognition of his service on behalf of global health. The pioneering epidemiologist works in the jungles of Africa and Southeast Asia, examining the transmission of deadly viruses such as HIV or SARS to help prevent such viral threats from emerging as the next pandemic.

Wolfe will speak at Austin College at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, in Wynne Chapel. The event is free and open to the public."