The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health advisory alert regarding an increase in Cyclospora infections on June 22, 2015. A total of 80 cases have been reported to DSHS as of June 29, 2015.
In the letter DSHS indicates, "Although no common exposure source for the increase in cases has yet been identified, past outbreaks in the U.S. have been associated with consumption of imported fresh produce, including cilantro, pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, basil, snow peas and mesclun lettuce. Thorough washing of fresh produce is recommended, but may not eliminate the risk of transmission because Cyclospora can be difficult to wash off all types of produce. Infection is generally not transmitted directly from person-to-person."
Read the health advisory that contains guidance for healthcare providers. (When you click on this link, it will download to your computer and not open in your browser window.)
Healthcare providers and laboratories should promptly report confirmed cyclosporiasis cases to their respective local health department or DSHS (Phone: 1-800-705-8868, Fax: 512-776-7616).(6/30/2015)
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