Cyclosporiasis Outbreak In North Texas Reported

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Local Produce Growers Business Booming As A Result

Many local produce growers are enjoying major increases in business as a result of the cyclosporiasis outbreak in North Texas.

What is it?

It’s a one-celled parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis that results in cyclospora infection.

You become infected by drinking water or eating food that have that has been contaminated by an infected person.

The parasite is passed by the infected person in their stool.

Parasite Cyclospora is difficult to detect because it needs time  (days or weeks) to become infectious.

The primary source of the parasite are unknown.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms can include explosive bowel movements and watery diarrhea. There are conditions such as nausea, vomiting, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, and stomach cramps.

For  some unknown reason, some infected persons my not have any of these symptoms.

If You Are Infected By Cyclospora What Is The Treatment?

Cyclosporiasis is treated with antibiotics. If think you might be infected ask your doctor to test your stool requesting a Cyclospora test.

How Can  You Reduce Your Risk

As referenced above the cause is unknown so all risk cannot be removed.

Your reduce your risk you follow these best practices;

  • Avoid  touching human or animal feces,
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them,
  • Avoid drinking untreated water from streams, springs, lakes, and any other untreated sources,
  • Wash your hands changing diapers, using the toilet, and before eating / handling food,
  • Also buying produce from local growers can reduce the risk since vegetables are available fresh and not stored.

It is also recommended that you share these best practices with family members and friends.

Source: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Epidemiology and Disease Control Program

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