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CDC Attempts to Pinpoint Origin of Stomach Virus Outbreak

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Reuters has published that the U.S. Centers of Disease Control is currently trying to pinpoint the origin of a recent cyclosporiasis outbreak that has infected 285 people in the last month.

The CDC says the parasite is normally found in produce grown in tropical and subtropical regions.

What is Cyclosporiasis?

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  • Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by a single cell parasite called cyclospora.
  • The disease is spread by ingesting contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
  • Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include diarrhea, cramps, body aches, nausea, and fatigue.
  • If left untreated, cyclosporia can lead to dehydration and a weakened immune system.

About the Cylosporiasis Outbreak

  • 285 reports of cyclosporiasis have been made across 11 states.
  • According to the CDC, the majority of the outbreaks are clustered around the Midwest.
  • 75 reports have been reported in Texas.
  • At least 18 have been hospitalized.
  • The CDC has not yet pinpointed the origin of the infection, but warn consumers to thoroughly wash all produce as a precaution.
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