July 23, 2014 — An outbreak of Cyclospora has been linked to at least 61 cases of food poisoning in Texas, but the source has not yet been discovered.
All of the cases were reported this month. Before July, only 8 cases were reported in all of Texas, including just one case in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Health officials in Tarrant County are asking healthcare professionals to test for Cyclospora if they receive a patient who has diarrhea for more than a few days. The test is not routine and must be specifically ordered. Without treatment, the infection can cause diarrhea that lasts for months.
According to a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page:
“No common exposure source has yet been identified with this increase. Past outbreaks in the U.S. have been associated with the consumption of imported fresh produce; including fresh cilantro, pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce.”
Health officials in Maine have also reported at least 4 cases of Cyclospora infection between June 24 and July 7. No other cases have been reported since 2010.
Texas was the hardest-hit state in a Cyclospora outbreak last year, with over 270 infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Nationwide, over 631 people in 25 states were infected.
The source of that outbreak was traced to fresh produce that was imported from Mexico. Some cases in Texas were linked to imported cilantro. Other cases in Iowa and Nebraska were linked to imported salad that was sold at Red Lobster and Olive Garden. Cyclospora is difficult to wash off fresh produce, but it can be killed with thorough cooking.
Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis
- Chronic diarrhea
- Abdominal cramps
- Increased gas
- Low-grade fever
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