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More Cyclospora Cases Found in Houston; Authorities Seek to Pinpoint Cause [LISTEN]

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Thirty-three additional cases of cyclospora stomach virus have been confirmed over the last week bringing the state total to 263.  Most of that rise in our area, with 20 additional cyclospora cases.

Fort Bend County has the most with 31, followed by Harris County with 20. There are now five in Galveston County  and one each in Brazoria, Walker and Victoria counties. That brings the number for our area to 59.

The outbreak of cyclospora in Fort Bend county appears to have subsided, but health authorities are still trying to track down the source of the food borne illness caused by a parasite. NEWS 92 FM’s Mike Barajas reports.

Health authorities suspect contaminated produce is to blame for the cyclospora outbreak in Fort Bend county. 

“That is just where it is most commonly linked back to, is produce,” said Melanie Manville, with Fort Bend County Health and Human Services. 

Manville says the difficult part now is to go through the food chain and determine the source of that produce.  In the meantime, Manville says people can go about their regular eating habits.

“There is nothing that the restaurants or grocery stores did wrong, there is nothing in there, problems with the way they are handling food or preparing the food.”

Is There a Cyclospora Outbreak in Your Area? See Below!

County No. of Cyclospora Cases
Austin 2
Bowie 1
Brazoria 1
Cameron 1
Collin 28
Coryell 2
Dallas 33
Denton 13
El Paso 3
Ellis 6
Fort Bend 30
Galveston 5
Guadalupe 1
Hardin 1
Harris 20
Henderson 1
Hidalgo 2
Hood 1
Hunt 2
Johnson 7
Kaufman 2
Kendall 1
Montague 1
Parker 3
Potter 1
Smith 2
Tarrant 38
Tom Green 11
Travis 14
VanZandt 1
Victoria 1
Walker 1
Wharton 1
Wichita 1
Williamson 3
Wise 2

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