Cyclospora parasite outbreak hits Texas

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Texas health officials are investigating numerous reports of a parasitic infection called clyosporiasis in the state, according to KPRC 2.

Cases started appearing in May. Since then, authorities have reported 56 infections across Texas.

"There could easily be 10 times more than that that aren't getting diagnosed," Peter Hotez, MD, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told KPRC 2. "This has been pretty much a recurring theme lately here in the US, pretty regular outbreaks mostly from imported fruits and vegetables, mostly coming from Latin America."

Clyosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite cyclospora. The Texas Department of State Health Services is currently working with local and state health departments to determine the outbreak's source.

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