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Fort Bend County Still Looking for Source of Food Borne Illness

Fort Bend County Still Looking for Source of Food Borne Illness

The Centers for Disease Control and the Fort Bend County Department of Health and Human Services is still looking for the source of the tainted food that has now sickened over 40 people.

The oubreak of intestinal disease is being blamed on produce tainted with the parasite cyclospora.  The parasite causes diarrhea and other intestinal and stomach symptoms.  Following their investigation the CDC says 44 people got sick in the outbreak.

Melanie Manville with the Fort Bend County Department of Health and Human Services says the tainted food is no longer being served, "We haven't seen any new onset of symptoms since July 30.  So we're hoping that the contaminated produce is no longer in the area and is no longer being served."

The CDC investigation team has collected all of their interviews and data on the outbreak and is currently analyzing that data.  But, Manville says this outbreak appears to be local and is not the same strain of cyclospora that was traced to tainted lettuce from Taylor Farms in Mexico.  That strain sickened hundreds across the country, with 257 cases in Texas alone.

 

 

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