Bell County, tx — Scott & White Memorial Hospital Microbiology lab confirms that they have tested at least two positive cases of Cyclospora from Bell and Williamson counties.
There have been 132 cases reported throughout Texas this year, and those numbers are expected to increase due to a recent outbreak.
For more information about the outbreak, please visit the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services website at www.dshs.state.tx.us.
Doctors and the Scott & White Poison Control Center encourage the following tips to decrease your risk of infection:
• Wash hands with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food
• Wash all fruits and vegetables, but not meat, poultry, or eggs
• Keep preparation and storage areas clean
• Use separate cutting boards for meats, poultry and fish
• Wash utensils between each use
• Do not defrost meat or poultry on the counter at room temperature. Thaw it in the refrigerator or microwave instead.
• Do not prepare food if you are sick
• Store raw food below cooked food in the refrigerator so raw food cannot drip into cooked food and contaminate.
• Properly seal and store leftover food in the refrigerator as soon as possible.
• When in doubt…throw it out!
If you have questions about food poison dangers or any other poison exposure, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for free, expert advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.