Spike in cyclospora cases has Texas doctors searching for source

Health officials warn about parasite on produce in Texas
Spike in cyclospora cases has Texas doctors searching for source
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19 July, 2017

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, almost 70 cases have been reported across the Lone Star State in the last month.

DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said no cases have been reported in El Paso, but there is still cause for concern.

Texas Health and Human Services warns consumers to both watch and wash what you eat as a food borne parasite is causing problems for doctors and nurses throughout the state. Symptoms of Cyclospora are described as diarrhea lasting for a few days to a few months, loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss and abdominal cramps.

Although no common source has been identified by health officials, past outbreaks have been linked to imported fresh produce, including fresh cilantro, pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, snow peas and mesclun greens. Patients who contract cyclospora usually have watery diarrhea lasting a few days to a few months. Health care providers are asked to promptly report cases so public health can investigate them and attempt to determine the source in order to head off future cases.

"Whenever you can, you want to make sure you're washing that fresh produce very well". Only cooking the food can kill the parasite. Infection is generally not transmitted directly from person to person.

The DSHS reports there were 148 reported cases of cyclosporiasis in Texas a year ago.


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