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October 21, 2013   Newsmakers | Bug off

Bug off

October 21, 2013

When an outbreak of the stomach bug cyclospora surfaced in parts of the U.S. this summer, sickening more than 300 people, National Public Radio interviewed Ynes Ortega, an assistant research professor at UGA's Center for Food Safety, about the foodborne illness.

Ortega told NPR, "What's unique to this parasite is that it causes anorexia (lack of appetite). People lose a lot of weight, very fast."

Ortega also talked about preventive measures consumers could take through food preparation.

"You can reduce the number of organisms on produce by washing it well," she said.

She also said food has to be cooked to completely get rid of the parasites.

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