Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Linked To Mexican Cilantro
There have been over 200 reported cases of Cyclospora reported in Texas and the Texas Department of State Health Services things they have discovered the cause. They say the recent outbreak can be traced back to a field in Puebla, Mexico.
According to NBC 5 in Dallas, human feces and toilet paper found in cilantro growing fields in Puebla are the likely cause of the problem. Cyclospora, according to the CDC, is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope. This parasite causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. A person usually won't be sick for about a week after contracting the parasite, but then can be stricken with diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms for anywhere from a few days to more than a month.
This isn't the first time that Cilantro from Mexico has caused a Cyclospora outbreak. It was the culprit of the same issues earlier this year and in 2014. In an FDA statement, the CDC said, "there is currently another ongoing outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States in which both the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have identified cilantro from the Mexican state of Puebla as a suspect vehicle with respect to separate illness clusters."
As of now, none of the questionable cilantro has been recalled. Consumers are advised to ask their local store where their cilantro was grown before making future purchases and to make sure and wash all produce before eating it.