Cyclospora infection cases continue to grow in Texas, how to prevent it

Cyclospora infection cases continue to grow in Texas, how to prevent it

(KYTX) - More than 100 people are infected with cyclospora in the Midwest, and now it's making it's way across Texas.

So far, 37 cases have been reported across the state, and that number continues to grow. None of those cases reported in East Texas, as of yet.

The parasite is usually found on unwashed, imported fruits and vegetables that are not properly cleaned.

Health experts say you have to wash your fruits and vegetables or cook them to kill the parasite.

Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause lingering diarrhea, fatigue and nausea.

Right now, health experts are trying to find the source of the infection.

The University of Maine has released a video on the proper way to wash your fruits and vegetables.

First, it's recommended you wash your hands with hot, soapy water and start with a clean surface.

"You never want to use detergents to wash your fruit and vegetables," said Jason Bolton.

The Food and Drug Administration says detergents can contaminate your fruits and vegetables.

The best method is to use cold water and use a vegetable brush to scrub produce with a thick skin, to get rid of any microbes.

Produce with a lot of nooks and crannies like cauliflower, broccoli or lettuce should be soaked for 1 to 2 minutes in cold, clean water.

Some produce such as raspberries should not be soaked in water. Put fragile produce in a colander and spray it with distilled water.

After you're done, use paper towel, which can remove any extra bacteria.

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