CDC, Camp Closures and Stomach Bug


This article was published in the Detroit Press this morning. Several local camps have sent campers home because of the health departments’ concern over contagious flus:

CDC: Mystery stomach bug spreading

7:08 AM, July 25, 2013

Federal health authorities say more than 275 people in seven states have now been sickened with an unidentified stomach bug.
Federal health authorities say more than 275 people in seven states have now been sickened with an unidentified stomach bug. / Associated Press
By Mary Clare Jalonick 

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal health authorities say more than 275 people in seven states have now been sickened with an unidentified stomach bug.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past. It causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the infection has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut and New Jersey. Most of the illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July. The CDC says it isn’t clear whether the cases are all linked.

The illness is spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces. The agency said it isn’t clear whether the cases are all linked.

Please note that if you eat fruits such as cantaloupe, there is a large bacteria load on the rinds of the fruit. It’s best to cleanse them as soon as you get home. Dish soap and warm water then rinsing well works but I prefer to spray the fruit with a 50/50 dose of hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar to ensure that the salmonella and listeria bacterium have been eradicated before eating…