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Fruit and vegetable parasite sickens several North Texans

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Dallas County health officials confirmed nine people have been sickened by the cyclospora parasite tied to contaminated fruits, vegetables.

More cases have surfaced; Denton County, 5, Tarrant County 10, Collin County 6.

Officials do not know the source of the infections at this time.

More than 100 people have been sickened by cyclospora in Iowa and Nebraska since the start of July.

Symptoms of cyclosopriasis include diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and fatigue. The intestinal problems can last up to two months.

The parasite is passed through fecal matter and gets onto the skin of imported fruits and vegetables.

Officials recommend people wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly and cook the items properly, when appropriate.

Most notably, there have been just 12 cases in the last 12 years in Dallas County until this recent outbreak.

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