Third case of cyclospora confirmed in Louisiana - FOX 8, WVUE, fox8live.com, weather, app, news, saints

Third case of cyclospora confirmed in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed a third case of cyclospora in Louisiana, this one in Caddo Parish. Two other cases have been reported in Terrebonne and Bienville Parishes.  

A spokesman for DHH says the latest person diagnosed with the stomach illness is believed to have eaten produce from Texas. This is similar to a complaint for one of the other two people inflicted here in Louisiana, who reported eating lettuce from Texas.  

The third person from Louisiana did not report eating lettuce or salad. The onset of symptoms in all of the cases was early July, about the time of the peak of the national outbreak. All three cases were considered mild and did not require hospitalization.

DHH has been in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to share information about the cases, as the federal government is investigating a cyclospora outbreak. Nationwide, there have been 397 confirmed cases in 16 states.

"The best prevention is always to handle and prepare food in a manner that minimizes the presence of harmful germs," said Dr. Raoult Ratard, State Epidemiologist for DHH. "This includes washing fruits and vegetables before eating them. We also encourage people to wash their hands frequently throughout the day."

Cyclosporiasis is a rare microscopic parasite, Cyclospora cayetanesis, which causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. Those with the illness may have flu-like symptoms, severe diarrhea and nausea.

It typically takes around a week for someone who is infected with cyclospora to become ill. In addition to watery diarrhea, other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, bloating, increased gas and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also be present.

People who believe they have the illness should see their doctors immediately for treatment.

Fresh vegetables and fruit are usually associated with cyclospora outbreaks. People become sick when they consume food contaminated with the parasite. Washing fruits and vegetables before eating them is always recommended to prevent the spread of disease.

For more information about cyclospora, visit the CDC's Website at http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • FOX 8 Defenders: Nuisance pool in Lakeview remains black, stagnant

    At the longtime nuisance property on Vicksburg, the swimming pool water remains black and stagnant. (FOX 8 Photo)At the longtime nuisance property on Vicksburg, the swimming pool water remains black and stagnant. (FOX 8 Photo)

    Months after a FOX 8 Defenders report exposed some of the worst repeat blight offenders in one neighborhood, there is some progress.  However, neighbors worry one nuisance property remains a disturbing health and safety hazard.  

    more>>

    Months after a FOX 8 Defenders report exposed some of the worst repeat blight offenders in one neighborhood, there is some progress.  However, neighbors worry one nuisance property remains a disturbing health and safety hazard.  

    more>>
  • NOLA-based flag football team wins $1M game

    NOLA-based flag football team wins $1M game

    Team Fighting Cancer won a $1M payday in Houston. Source: AFFLTeam Fighting Cancer won a $1M payday in Houston. Source: AFFL
    Team Fighting Cancer won a $1M payday in Houston. Source: AFFLTeam Fighting Cancer won a $1M payday in Houston. Source: AFFL
    A New Orleans-based flag football team won a $1M game against a team made up of former NFL players. Team Fighting Cancer won the American Flag Football League (AFFL) championship over Godspeed, 26-6. The Cajun Kings are #AFFL Champs ?????? #flagfootball pic.twitter.com/yAmfetoNXu — American Flag Football League (@FlagFootball) July 20, 2018 Fighting Cancer's Darrell "Housh" Doucette threw two touchdowns in the contest. Godspeed's roster was littered with former...more>>
    A New Orleans-based flag football team won a $1M game against a team made up of former NFL players. Team Fighting Cancer won the American Flag Football League (AFFL) championship over Godspeed, 26-6. The Cajun Kings are #AFFL Champs ?????? #flagfootball pic.twitter.com/yAmfetoNXu — American Flag Football League (@FlagFootball) July 20, 2018 Fighting Cancer's Darrell "Housh" Doucette threw two touchdowns in the contest. Godspeed's roster was littered with former...more>>
  • Lafayette Academy enrollment to be split due to asbestos contamination

    Lafayette Academy enrollment to be split due to asbestos contamination

    Students across southeast Louisiana begin summer break. (FOX 8 File)Students across southeast Louisiana begin summer break. (FOX 8 File)

    It was standing room only at the Orleans Parish School Board meeting Thursday, with close to two dozen parents turning out to tell officials their thoughts on asbestos contamination at an Orleans Parish Charter School.

    more>>

    It was standing room only at the Orleans Parish School Board meeting Thursday, with close to two dozen parents turning out to tell officials their thoughts on asbestos contamination at an Orleans Parish Charter School.

    more>>
Powered by Frankly