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CDC Update: Some Cyclospora Cases Linked to Mexican Cilantro

In its first update since the government shutdown on this past summer’s Cyclospora outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that epidemiologic and traceback investigations have linked some illnesses in Texas to fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico.

About half of the victims interviewed in Texas said they had eaten fresh cilantro 2-14 days before becoming ill. Preliminary traceback information indicates that sickened people ate cilantro from Puebla at three restaurants in Fort Bend County and central Texas.

Public health officials in Iowa and Nebraska had previously connected restaurant-associated illnesses in their states to a salad mix produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico, and investigators also determined that the cases in Texas and the remaining states were not connected to those in Iowa and Nebraska.

CDC also reported that the outbreaks now appear to be over with a case count of 643 in 25 states.

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