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31 new cases of cyclospora reported in Texas

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Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by a one-cell parasite invisible to the naked eye Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by a one-cell parasite invisible to the naked eye
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Thirty-one new cases of cyclospora have been reported in Texas since Friday, bringing the count to 171 across the Lone Star State.

According to Christine Mann with the Department of State Health Services, Coryell, Galveston and Nueces Counties reported cases of the illness for the first time.

East Texas counties that have reported instances of the intestinal illness caused by a one-celled parasite include Smith (2), Henderson (1), Kaufman (2), Van Zandt (1), and Hunt (1). 

Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by a one-cell parasite invisible to the naked eye. It takes around two weeks to incubate then causes intense diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps and pain, bloating, nausea and fatigue. 

"It's typically a lower intestinal symptom like diarrhea and it can go on for a very long time, for weeks," says Dr. Ed Dominguez, an infectious disease specialist in Dallas, TX. 

North East Texas Health officials say the illness is believed to be foodborne. People get sick by ingesting water or food that has been contaminated with feces passed by a person who is already infected. They say to avoid getting sick people should thoroughly wash their fruits and vegetables. 

NET Health is working to track down how the people in East Texas got the parasite. 

"We look at their lifestyle as far as where they shop, what kinds of foods they eat, how they prepare it, and what restaurants do they frequent," says Hopkins.

They will then take that information to the State Health Department to decide if all of the recent cyclospora cases are somehow related.

People who think they have been infected should see their doctor immediately. Untreated symptoms can last from a few days to a month and may go away for a while before returning.

Full List of Cyclospora by County:

County

# cases

Brazoria

1

Cass

1

Collin

23

Coryell

1

Dallas

25

Denton

11

El Paso

2

Ellis

4

Fort Bend

11

Galveston

2

Guadalupe

1

Harris

4

Henderson

1

Hidalgo

1

Hood

1

Hunt

1

Johnson

4

Kaufman

2

Montague

1

Nueces

1

Parker

2

Potter

1

Smith

2

Tarrant

18

Tom Green

10

Travis

9

VanZandt

1

Victoria

1

Walker

1

Wichita

1

Williamson

3

Wise

1

Unknown or pending county assignment

23

 

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