Stomach Bug Hits the United States

Health TipsThe latest bug to hit the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a bug that packs a wallop.

The problem bug is cyclospora, a one-celled parasite that causes symptoms of ordinary stomach viruses, such as diarrhea and stomach cramps. What makes this bug more serious is that is doesn’t leave in a couple of days. It can last for a month. Medical attention is needed if you think you have it.

According to infectious diseases professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Dr. Nicole Bouvier, the illness isn’t a person to person thing. It’s most likely spread through contaminated water or food. She did note it’s curable.

As with most acute and infectious illnesses, those with deficient or weakened immune systems need to take extra care.

If you have a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, lupus, or so on, your immune system won’t have the ability to fight this parasite. If you suspect you have it, you need to see your doctor.

Unfortunately, as of yet, the CDC doesn’t know what food or water source this bug is being transmitted through. But, they have their teams investigation, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Some of the obvious precautions are to wash your fruit and vegetables. In regard to water, I boil water then filter it through a Brita filter. I learned this through an Ayurveda doctor. I’m not sure if these measures will actually stop me from getting sick, but they’re health tips I use regularly.

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Check out this video on the 275 reported cases from Associated Press:

Eat, live, and play healthy,

Karen Cioffi
Multi-award Winning Author, Freelance Health Writer, Ghostwriter

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