The number of people infected with Cyclospora and E. coli continues to grow, as the FDA investigates the sources of the outbreaks. As of July 19, 2023, there have been over 600 cases of Cyclospora infection reported, and over 100 cases of E. coli infection. The majority of the cases have been reported in the United States, but there have also been cases reported in Canada and Europe.
Outbreaks of Cyclospora and E. coli Continue to Grow
Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. It is typically spread through contaminated food or water. E. coli is a bacterium that can cause a variety of symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. It is typically spread through contaminated food or water, as well as through contact with infected animals or people.
The FDA is currently investigating the sources of the Cyclospora and E. coli outbreaks. They have not yet identified the specific foods or water that are contaminated, but they are working with public health officials to track down the source of the outbreaks.
In the meantime, the FDA is advising people to take steps to protect themselves from infection. These steps include:
- Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling food.
- Cooking food to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Avoiding raw fruits and vegetables that have not been washed thoroughly.
- Drinking bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least one minute.
If you experience symptoms of Cyclospora or E. coli infection, it is important to see a doctor right away. These infections can be serious, and early treatment is important.
The FDA is working hard to find the source of these outbreaks and to prevent more people from getting sick. In the meantime, by following these simple steps, you can help protect yourself from infection.