The number of cyclospora cases in Texas shoot past 300

According to a recent update from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the number of cases of the parasitic infection has climbed to 304, an increase of 26 cases in a week.

DSHS officials say most cases are reported from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Oocysts of C. cayetanensis viewed under differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy. Image/CDC DPDx

Oocysts of C. cayetanensis viewed under differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy.
Image/CDC DPDx

The following counties have reported Cyclospora infection: Archer, Austin, Bell, Bowie, Brazoria, Cameron, Collin, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grayson, Guadalupe, Harris, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Hunt, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Matagorda, Montague, Montgomery, Navarro, Nolan, Orange, Parker, Potter, Smith, Tarrant, Tom Green, Travis, Uvalde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Wharton, Williamson, Wise.

DSHS is investigating the cases to identify possible common exposures and to determine whether they are linked to an outbreak in other states.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting a total of 636 cases of Cyclospora infection from 23 states and New York City.

However, the CDC update has Texas at 282 cases, not the DSHS number of 304.

CDC Cyclospora Q & A

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