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More Than 100 North Texans Sickened With Cyclospora

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The number of people sickened by “cyclosporiasis” — a nasty stomach bug — grew dramatically on Thursday. Tarrant County reported four more cases and Dallas County reported two more, which brings the total number of North Texans who have gotten sick from the produce parasite to 103.

For Collin County resident Suzie Matteis, the symptoms hit at the beginning of July. She tried over the counter drugs to relieve the fever, the fatigue, and the cramping, but nothing helped.

“Six days. Six days is when I finally got myself to a doctor, because I thought this is not resolving,” she recalls.

She tested positive for cyclospora, and got a call from the health department the day after she got the diagnosis.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Thursday announced it has received 397 reports of infections nationwide. More than a quarter of them are in Texas.

Health investigators in Iowa and Nebraska have linked cases in their states to pre-packaged salad mix, but won’t identify any specific company or brand involved. Investigators in Texas have not identified the source of infections here.

Matteis remembers eating salads – at restaurants and at home – before she got sick. She still struggles with a lack of appetite, a lack of energy, and a lingering uncertainty of what’s safe.

“I’m skittish about going back to buying food. I don’t know what to buy. I don’t know where to go eat. And, I’m still not out of the woods here.”

Doctors recommend thoroughly washing fresh produce to remove any contamination. But Matteis said, she did that and still ended up getting sick.

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