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Health officials are looking into an outbreak of Cyclospora in North Texas

Forty-eight people have been diagnosed with Cyclospora infections within the past week, and that number continues to rise.  The disease is an intestinal infection.  It gets into the body thorough food or water that is contaminated with feces. The source of the outbreak has not been identified, but vegetables have been linked to Cyclospora in the past.

Patients who test positive for Cyclospora are given a 16-page questionnaire developed by the  CDC that asks about where they've eaten and where they purchased certain vegetables and fruits.

Epidemiologists in Collin, Dallas, Tarrant and Denton counties  are working together to find the common link among the North Texas Cyclospora cases. Collected data is passed on to state and federal investigators with the CDC and FDA.


Cyclospora infections mimic more common stomach and intestinal viruses. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, fatigue and nausea. Cases that go untreated can linger for months.

Many people with food-borne illness don't report it because the symptoms go away. Health authorities urge anyone with symptoms for more than three days to see a doctor. People who are sick should not prepare food for anyone else.

Washing fresh produce before eating it can reduce the chance of getting Cyclospora infection. Cooking it should also kill the parasite.

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