Questions and answers about cyclospora outbreak in North Texas

Cyclospora

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A microscopic look at the cyclospora parasite that causes an intestinal infection resulting in watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements.

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Posted on July 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

North Texas health departments are using an extensive questionnaire to try and track down the source of a food-borne illness.

The number of cyclospora cases continues to rise.

Patients who test positive for the intestinal illness are being given a 16-page questionnaire developed by the Centers for Disease Control. They're being asked about specific restaurants where they've eaten, and where they have purchased certain vegetables and fruits.

Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, visited News 8 Daybreak with an update on the investigation.

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