July 30, 2014 — An outbreak of food poisoning linked to the Cyclospora parasite has sickened over 200 people, but health officials have yet to identify a source.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that 202 illnesses have been reported in Texas, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
At least 110 cases were in Texas by the state health department, with one in four illnesses located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Health officials warned:
“Though a source has yet to be identified, past outbreaks have been traced to fresh imported produce. DSHS encourages people to wash produce thoroughly, though that may not entirely eliminate the risk because Cyclospora can be difficult to wash off.”
Last year, Texas was the hardest-hit state in an outbreak of cyclosporiasis that sickened hundreds of people in the United States. Over 350 illnesses were reported in Texas. The illnesses were traced to fresh cilantro imported from Mexico. Other states traced illnesses to fresh salad from Mexico.
Cyclosporiasis causes watery diarrhea, fatigue, and weight-loss that can persist for months without treatment. Unfortunately, treatment may be delayed because doctors must order special tests to diagnose the illness.
Until recently, cyclosporiasis was typically only seen in travelers to South America. The disease is caused by Cyclospora cayetanensis, a single-celled parasite that is transmitted through feces. Foods may be contaminated when sewage contaminates water that is sprayed on ready-to-eat foods, such as fresh produce. Outbreaks have been linked to fresh basil, raspberries, snow peas, and lettuce imported from subtropical countries.
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