OSDH Still Investigating Custer and Caddo Co. Illnesses – Determines Water Safe

January 10, 2023

By News Director Jared Atha

In a press release, the Oklahoma State Department of Health says that they believe that there is no threat to the local water supply in Caddo and Custer counties after a health scare late last year left a number of people sick.

The investigation began in November after a series of illnesses began to pop up in Weatherford and Hydro in late October.

According to the press release, the most common sickness reported was campylobacter along with other, less severe, stomach illnesses. The department stated that the cases have decreased, however officials are still attempting to find a source of the illnesses and are still monitoring for any other cases

Officials said to date, 46 confirmed cases and 14 hospitalizations have occurred that can be directly linked to the outbreak, including four cases of hemolyutic uremic syndrome, which is a condition that can ultimately lead to kidney failure.

The health department says since receiving those results, the public health alert issued on November 4 is no longer necessary. The department also says that after extensive data collection in partnership with local community representatives and a team from the Center for Disease Control, they have found no association with local food supply or drinking water.

However, other environmental samples including wildlife fecal samples and natural water are still processing and some results remain pending.

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