Texas health officials warn about the parasite Cyclospora on produce

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Published 12:38 pm, Thursday, July 20, 2017

Texas health officials are warning of a parasite that may be found in produce. 

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, people should be checked for the parasite Cyclospora if they have diarrhea that is accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue. 

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In the past month, Texas health officials say 68 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported. Symptoms usually begin two to 14 days after digesting the parasite in contaminated food or water.

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Profuse diarrhea can last weeks to months and may relapse, according to a state health services’ release. Other symptoms include anorexia, fatigue, weight loss, abdominal cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting and low-grade fever. 

Cilantro, pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, basil, snow peas and mesclun lettuce are all possible foods that may have Cyclospora, the release states. Thorough washing  and cooking of the produce can help prevent from getting sick. 

Anyone who believes the parasite may have made them sick should contact the Texas Department of State Health Services at 800-705-8868. 


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