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Health officials warn of increase in food-borne illness caused by parasite

19 Juillet 2017

The Lone Star State put out the warning on Monday - those microscopic parasites are back.

Texas Health and Human Services warns consumers to both watch and wash what you eat as a food borne parasite is causing problems for doctors and nurses throughout the state.

There were 148 cases of cyclosporiasis in Texas reported past year.

Then, in 2015, Mexican grown cilantro laced with fecal matter caused 546 USA cases of cyclosporiasis.

Within the past month, there have been 68 reported cases of cyclospora infection.

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A cyclosporiasis diagnosis requires three stool samples for "Ova and Parasite" testing. Health care providers are asked to promptly report cases so public health can investigate them and attempt to determine the source in order to head off future cases. The main symptom is watery diarrhea lasting a few days to a few months; additional symptoms may include loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss, abdominal cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting, and a low fever.

Officials attributed past cyclosporiasis upticks to ingesting affected imported fresh produce such as pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, cilantro, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce, a mixed variety of leafy greens.

Health officials recommend thoroughly washing all produce, but cyclospora can be hard to wash off. Washing your food is always advisable, no matter what, but this parasite can only really be killed by cooking your food.

Numerous previous cases in Texas have been linked to cilantro, a common garnish found in Mexican and Asian food. FDA is hoping the reduction in cyclosporiasis cases experienced in 2016 holds up in 2017.

Health officials warn of increase in food-borne illness caused by parasite