View Full Version : Shelter in Biloxi closed after 20 fall ill

09-04-2005, 11:27 AM
BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) -- -- Officials closed a shelter Saturday because more than 20 people there fell ill, and doctors believe the patients may have contracted dysentery from tainted water.

Another 20 people in the area also were treated for vomiting and diarrhea.

The shelter at a Biloxi school had been without water and power since Katrina hit Monday. About 400 people had been staying there, and doctors said some may have ignored warnings to stay away from water.

Some running water came back on late Friday, but it was not safe to drink or even to use to brush teeth or wash, said Dr. Jason Dees, a volunteer working at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.

Most of the patients were treated with antibiotics. About 30 ill residents were taken to a hospital in Mobile, Alabama, while the rest were bused to a shelter in Thomasville, Georgia.


09-04-2005, 03:02 PM
I hope this isn't just the beginning. It's surprising we're not hearing about 100s of cases by now.

09-04-2005, 03:52 PM
I think it is the beginning........no way around it really, not with all the water, sewage and death mingled together for miles and miles.