Covenant physician warns about stomach bug outbreak

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Updated: 7/27/2013 10:11 pm
In a matter of weeks, more than 300 people in 15 states have been affected by a microscopic parasite called Cyclospora. 

"This is definitely the biggest one. It's always been, you know, 15 or 20, something like that."

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports past outbreaks have been associated with eating imported fresh produce. Dr. Mark Gittings with Covenant said there's no need to steer clear of the produce aisle. Just make sure you're rinsing the food well, and constantly washing your hands. 

"You can do skin-on-skin contact, it's not going to be airborne or anything like that, but it's a touch," Gittings said. "In medicine, we call it fecal-oral. So, somebody has it, they go to the bathroom, they don't clean well, then they go touch food. That's the usual way you get it."

He said flu-like symptoms usually begin about a week after exposure. 

"You get diarrhea, you get watery diarrhea," Gittings said. "A lot of gas, bloating, cramping, nausea. Most people don't vomit, but you might get to that. It can last two days to over a month."

The health department reports there haven't been any outbreaks reported in Lubbock. The Texas Department of Health and Safety have reported a total of 101 cases in Texas this month, an increase of 21 since Thursday. The majority of cases are from the Dallas and Fort Worth area. 
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Liberty Seeker - 7/27/2013 10:15 PM
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The people are so sick of LP&L and the city of Lubbock Utilities, that a conventional plague would probably go unnoticed. I would not be surprised if the city combines a pathogen with the Dihydrogen Monoxode they pump into the municipal water pipes.
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