An outbreak of intestinal disease first detected in Northern Virginia last month has now been confirmed in Richmond and Maryland.
An outbreak of colon disease first discovered in Northern Virginia last month has now been confirmed in Richmond and Virginia throughout Maryland.
Typically, there are about nine cases a year of cyclosporiasis in the Commonwealth; Since May, 39 cases have been confirmed by the Virginia Department of Health.
Reports from the Department of Health of Maryland 42 cases were confirmed this year in several state jurisdictions. Thirty-seven of these cases have been reported in the past two weeks, which is an increase in reported cyclosporiasis cases in other parts of the US recently.
The cases investigated in Virginia concerned company canteens that are inaccessible to the public: [1
Cyclosporiasis is a bowel disease caused by a microscopic parasite. According to the Virginia Department of Health, "People can get infected by eating faeces or stool contaminated feed or water that contains the parasite."
Symptoms range from seizures, flatulence and gas to severe diarrhea, which includes several Weeks can last if left untreated.
Earlier outbreaks of cyclosporiasis were associated with various types of imported fresh products such as raspberries, basil, snow peas, lettuce and coriander. Safe handling of fruits and vegetables is the best way to prevent disease.
Tips for Preventing the Ministry of Health of Virginia:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after preparing fruits and vegetables.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating, cutting or cooking under running water.
- Scrub down hard fruits and vegetables like melons and cucumbers with a clean brush.
- Prepare and eat damaged or crushed spots on fruits and vegetables.
- Place chopped, peeled or cooked fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator as soon as possible or within two hours.
- Fruits and vegetables labeled as "prewashed" do not need to be washed again at home.  The Virginia and Maryland Health Authorities continue to work to identify the potential source of the outbreaks.
Associated Press has contributed to this report.
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