Volusia reports state's newest stomach-bug case

Health officials in Volusia County are investigating their first case of a food-borne illness that has affected more than 500 people in 16 states.

On Thursday the Florida Health Department announced a total of 27 cyclospora cases in the state, one of which required hospitalization. The most recent case was reported in Volusia County. Flagler County has reported one case that occurred in June.
Stefany Strong, public information officer for the Volusia County Health Department, said it has not yet been determined if the cyclospora infection in Volusia is part of the national outbreak. It is also unclear if the case was contracted outside the county, she said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that cases in two states are linked to salad mix from the Mexican branch of Taylor Farms, a supplier of salad to Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.
“People in our community are encouraged to continue the good practice of washing vegetables and fruits before consuming,” Strong said in a statement. “Persons who think they may be infected should see their health-care provider.”
Symptoms of cyclospora include diarrhea, fever and other flu-like symptoms. The illness occurs when people ingest food or water contaminated with feces.
Flagler County health officials said they could not trace their case to any contaminated food or water sources. Duval and Hillsborough counties are reporting a total of four cases, which is the highest cluster of cases in Florida counties.
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