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Infectious Parasite Surfaces in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, Tx_ A parasite typically found in tropical regions has shown up in Wichita Falls.

The County Health Department confirmed a local case of Cyclospora Cayetanensis. There have been 320 confirmed cases causing people to get sick in 14 states. Health investigators are trying to narrow down the parasite's origin, but they are having a hard time. It's been linked to imported produce in the past.

The parasite causes intestinal infections, and it can take up to a week for symptoms to appear. It is curable with antibiotics.

 

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