Concerns Raised About Outbreak Of Foodborne Illness In Texas

DALLAS (July 16, 2013)--Medical professionals are raising concerns about eight cases of the foodborne illness cyclosporiasis in Dallas County and experts trying to determine whether the cases confirmed this week are part of an outbreak that's reached parts of the Midwest.

Dozens of cases have been reported in Iowa and Nebraska.

The symptoms include lingering diarrhea, fatigue and nausea.

Humans can get the cyclospora parasite by consuming contaminated water and fresh fruits and vegetables that have not been properly cleaned.

Treatment includes use of antibiotics.

Dr. Christopher Perkins with the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services says agency officials are trying to find the source of the infection.

Records show in the past 12 years just a dozen people in Dallas County were diagnosed with the cyclospora infection.

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