Friday, August 14, 2015

Cyclospora Update - 457 reported cases

As of August 11, 2015, CDC is reporting that there have been 457 cases of Cyclospora infection.  Cilantro has been identified as a potential source.
CDC News Release
Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigations — United States, 2015
Last Updated August 11, 2015 4:00 PM EDT
Read the related statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis.
  • As of August 10, 2015 (3pm EDT), CDC had been notified of 457 ill persons with confirmed Cyclospora infection from 29 states in 2015.
  • Most of these persons—275 (60%) of 457—experienced onset of illness on or after May 1, 2015, and did not have a history of international travel within 2 weeks before illness onset. These 275 persons were from the following 22 states: Arkansas (2), California (2), Connecticut (3), Florida (11), Georgia (22), Illinois (6), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (9), Michigan (2), Missouri (1), Montana (3), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (6), New Mexico (1), New York (excluding NYC) (8), New York City (21), Texas (157), Utah (1), Virginia (3), Washington (2), and Wisconsin (10).

  • Clusters of illness linked to restaurants or events have been identified in Texas, Wisconsin, and Georgia.
  • Cluster investigations are ongoing in Texas and Georgia.
  • Cluster investigations in Wisconsin and Texas have preliminarily identified cilantro as a suspect vehicle.
  • Investigations are ongoing to identify specific food item(s) linked to the cases that are not part of the identified clusters.
  • Previous U.S. outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have been linked to imported fresh produce, including cilantro from the Puebla region of Mexico. Read the related FDA Import Alert.
  • Consumers should continue to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a well-balanced diet.
  • Consumers and retailers should always follow safe produce handling recommendations.
  • More information about Cyclospora can be found on CDC's Cyclospora pages.

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