No "bugs" reported in Barry County

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

County health officials are urging area residents to wash fresh produce and bagged salad items in an effort to prevent incidents of parasite infection that has nasty consequences.

Cyclospora, a single cell parasite, can cause severe diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever and flu-like symptoms. Other symptoms include vomiting, body aches, stomach cramps and bloating. Symptoms may appear to go away and return one or more times and last days or weeks.

So far, confirmed cases of cyclospora have been documented in Kansas City, Taney County and Miller County. A total of 600 people in 20 states have suffered cyclospora infections so far this year.

"There are no confirmed cases as yet in Barry County," said Roger Brock, administrator at the Barry County Health Department.

So far, the Centers for Disease Control are looking at salad mixes typically served on restaurant salad bars.

"But to be safe, people should wash all produce before consuming it," Brock said. "That includes all bagged salad mixes and leafy greens."

Cyclospora can be treated with a combination of antibiotics.

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