Cyclospora sickens 151, source unclear

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

- Last updated on GMT

DSHS received reports of 151 Cyclosporiasis cases from Texas this year
DSHS received reports of 151 Cyclosporiasis cases from Texas this year

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The Texas Department of State and Health Services (DSHS) is investigating to find a common source after more than 150 people were sickened by Cyclospora.

A total of 70 of the 151 cases come from the Travis area.

DSHS recommended washing fresh produce, but that may not entirely eliminate risk because Cyclospora can be difficult to wash off. Cooking will kill the parasite.

Last year, Texas had 200 cases, with some associated with cilantro from the Puebla region in Mexico.

During the past three summers, a large number of cyclosporiasis cases have occurred in the region.

No common exposure source for the increase in cases has been identified but past outbreaks have been associated with imported fresh produce, including fresh cilantro, pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by having food or water contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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