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2 Cyclospora cases confirmed in Bell County


A widespread stomach bug is now hitting close to home.  More than 400 cases have been reported nationwide.  Now, we have two confirmed cases in Bell County and more people are being tested for the parasite.

Even though it's too early to tell if these cases are officially part of the national outbreak, health experts say it is likely. 

Those illnesses have been linked to lettuce at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and pre-packaged salad, but the Texas Red Lobsters and Olive Gardens use a different supplier than the restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska.

The salad mix Texas Red Lobsters and Olive Gardens use come from California, not Mexico.

Lacey Sanders, the Disease Surveillance Coordinator for the Bell County Public Health district says, "The big thing with it is just making sure, with any food borne illness, making sure that you're washing things before you consume them. People assume those bags, you don't have to clean them. Even though they say pre-wash, you should always wash them."

Fortunately, the two people who got sick in Bell County did not have to be hospitalized.  At this point, Sanders doesn't know for sure how those folks got sick.  She will be interviewing both of them.

Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.  Chances are, we could see more cases in the area.  Additional samples are being tested at Scott and White Hospital.

More than 140 cases have been confirmed in Texas.  That's more than any other state.

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