What Texans Should Know About Recent Cases of Cyclospora

Cyclospora is a parasite that causes an intestinal infection. It is spread by people ingesting something - such as food or water - that was contaminated with feces. To help avoid infection, people should thoroughly wash, peel and cook fresh produce.

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis usually begin 2 to 14 days after ingestion of contaminated food or water. The major symptom is watery diarrhea lasting a few days to a few months. Additional symptoms may include anorexia, fatigue, weight loss, abdominal cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting, and low grade fever. People who may be infected should talk to their doctor.


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Last updated July 31, 2017