Being sick or not feeling well can be miserable. Often, you’re drained of energy and all you want to do is get back to feeling better again. But you need to be very careful as there is a parasite that has hit Texas and is causing a lot of discomfort.  

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The parasite is called Cyclospora it has been traced to 31 states in total including Texas. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are 581 people that have acquired the parasite cyclosporiasis since April 1st, 2023. The true number that have been infected by the parasite is actually much higher than this but this number has been confirmed through doctor visits and testing.  

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Good News 

As case numbers continue to rise in Texas and across the country, the good news is that no one has died from this parasite. But there have been 55 hospitalizations and the parasite has been confirmed in patients ranging in age from 3 to 96. 

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What Should You Do to Avoid the Parasite? 

The disgusting part of this parasite is that it’s contracted by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with feces. There were about 20 cases linked to raw broccoli in Alabama and Georgia but cases in that area seem to be decreasing as of late. 

What are the Symptoms 

Hearing about symptoms of a parasite is never fun but it’s the unfortunate reality of the situation. Those who have tested positive for the parasite report symptoms including watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Symptoms can last for several weeks up to a month or more.  

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What Should You Do for Treatment? 

If you have symptoms or think you might have contracted Cyclospora you should contact your doctor to be tested and see what treatment options are available.  

Texas is currently tied for the 2nd highest number of cyclosporiasis with between 61-90 cases being reported. New York has roughly the same number of cases being reported, but Colorado leads the country with between 91-120 cases being reported.  

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