Tarrant County Man Describes Battle With Cyclospora

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    Danny Wexler of Mansfield says he and his wife got sick with cyclospora around the end of June after eating takeout from a restaurant. (Published Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013)

    A Tarrant County couple is starting to recover after battling cyclospora for several weeks.

    Danny Wexler of Mansfield says he and his wife got sick around the end of June after eating takeout from a restaurant.

    “It is something I would not wish on my worst enemy,” Wexler said. “It is pretty bad.”

    Wexler’s doctor diagnosed him with cyclospora.

    “You start off with extreme headache,” Wexler said. “Your fever is off and on. One minute you feel like you got things under control, you feel like you can eat. You try and eat, and three or four minutes you are into the bathroom.”

    Wexler had horrible nausea and diarrhea for three weeks. Wexler lost 12 pounds, while drinking eight bottles of water a day.

    Around mid-July, Wexler started to feel better as his symptoms subsided. His appetite is slowly increasing.

    Throughout the time of his sickness, Wexler said he only missed one day of work, and he and his wife continued to care for their three kids.

    “It was hard, but you have to do what you have to do,” Wexler said.

    Iowa and Nebraska health officials said Tuesday that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in those states.

    But it's not clear that illnesses in any other states are linked to prepackaged salad mix. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's not clear whether all of the illnesses are linked to a single source.

    North Texas doctors have been unable to pinpoint the source of the outbreak in Texas.