AUSTIN (KXAN) – More than 180 cyclospora cases have been reported across Texas this year, including 77 in Travis County.
Travis County continues to have the most reported cases in the state, according to The Department of State Health Services.
The recent outbreak has the Texas Department of State Health Services asking people to thoroughly wash their produce, however, that may not entirely eliminate the risk because cyclospora can be difficult to wash off.
Cyclospora is an intestinal illness caused by microscopic parasite and is spread by drinking or eating food that was contaminated with feces.
DSHS said they have yet to pinpoint a source for the parasite.
Last year, Texas had 200 cases, some of which were associated with cilantro from the Puebla region in Mexico.