By: Candess Zona-Mendola, MakeFoodSafe

Austin Public Health (APH) announced it was investigating an outbreak of Cyclospora, an intestinal illness caused by a parasite, after at least 82 cases have been reported since June 1, 2020. This Austin-Travis County Cyclospora Outbreak does not yet have an identified source.

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According to  APH Epidemiologist Janet Pichette, “While we may be in COVID-19 season, we cannot forget the other diseases and infections that are commonly present in our community. And as we have said time and time again, there are ways to prevent many of these diseases and infections, including cyclosporiasis – thoroughly wash fresh produce, wash your hands after handling fruits and vegetables, and separate produce from raw meat and seafood.”

Until a source is found, the APH reminds all Texas residents to wash their hands and their produce.