Intestinal bug. The CDC has released increasing numbers of states where Cyclospora this intestinal bug have been making people sick. Cyclospora outbreaks have actually been rare in the United States and there are currently no reported cases in Oklahoma.
Also, though this is not one of the illnesses generally tracked by the Oklahoma Health Department, it is an illness that is monitored if an outbreak presents, or in such a case as the CDC alerting states of the presence and spread of this in other states. http://www.ok.gov/health/Disease,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Acute_Disease…
This intestinal bug is spread through fecal oral contact, but not direct human to human contact.
(Again, what…. What is feces? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=feces POOP, Stool, BM.)
So the two sources of this illness are contact with contaminated WATER or PRODUCE which have been exposed to infected feces. So there is residue of Cyclospora infectious fecal matter in water or on produce, and if you are sick with this…. OKAY>>>> ya ate it, ya ate traces of infected poop on food or in water.
Per this Medscape article http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/996978-overview#a0101 prior outbreaks of Cyclospora in the USA have been limited:
1990 in Chicago in a dorm : water borne illness
1996-97 imported Guatemalan raspberries, basil and mesculun lettuce.
1999 Canada, berries.
2004 Pennsylvania on Thai basil and snow peas.
No specific food products have been issued as risky or the source of the current outbreak.
Cyclospora is endemic to Haiti, Nepal and Peru.http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/endemic+disease It surfaces regularly in Mexico, SE Asia, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Morroco, Pakistan, India, Kuwait and China.
People who have traveled to these areas may be exposed and bring home an infection unwittingly. The gestation of this illness is 1- 14 days. So it takes 1- 14 days to grow the sickness in the intestines, and one of the hallmark symptoms is a recurrent watery diarrhea, intestinal gas, fever, abdominal pain, low appetite and feeling very tired or with low energy.
Young children and the elderly, as well as persons who have compromised immunity are all at higher risk to get such an illness. Keeping yourself, your home and persons at risk to contract this illness clean is important. Care in consuming foods includes making sure fresh produce is washed with clean running water before eating from clean hands and dishes.
Breastfed babies are significantly less likely to get this illness.
Here is the State of Oklahoma fact sheet on Cyclospora http://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/Cyclospora.2006.pdf
More and more people seem to be using hand sanitizers, instead of WASHING with running water and soap. Some illnesses are resistant or unaffected by hand sanitizers, and the CDC recommends HANDWASHING if at all possible.
Artificial nails harbor bacteria like the Cyclospora increasing the risk of infectious illness. http://usedview.com/article/baby-safety-month-part-4-nail-it-poop-po… even after handwashing as much as 70% risk of such virus remaining on or under the fake nails.
Here is a handout for kids on handwashing which has a maze and word search http://www.cdc.gov/family/kidexpressmaterials/act_sheet_e_m.pdf
Here is a video on handwashing. http://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/handstogether/ Studies have noted that as many as one million deaths a year could be prevented by handwashing alone.
Keep an eye on your local news, as it may cite specific produce sources to avoid in the coming days.
If you have symptoms of this illness, get in to see a physician, as it has to be treated with an antibiotic. It has a high rate of recidivism…. it will subside and reoccur. ( go away and come back and go away and come back)