More than a dozen cyclospora cases seen in Austin area

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A recent outbreak of cyclospora has Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services asking people to thoroughly wash their produce. Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by microscopic parasite and is spread by drinking or eating food that was contaminated with feces.

As of Tuesday, the Department has 15 confirmed and probable cases and 11 new cases that are currently under investigation. In the past week alone, 42 cases of cyclospora infection have been reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Department officials say they haven’t been able to determine whether the outbreak is linked to one source since no particular food source has been identified.

Outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have been linked to various types of imported fresh produce, including berries and leafy greens.

Common symptoms of cyclospora:

  • watery diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach cramps
  • nausea
  • fatigue

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