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Cyclospora cases through the roof; CDC can’t find source

Previous outbreaks were traced to fresh produce, ranging from imported cilantro to berries

Almost 1,000 people in the United States have contracted infections from  Cyclospora parasites since May 1. Health officials are baffled, saying they haven’t been able to discover the source of the microscopic creatures, which infect humans via contaminated food and/or water. There were 988 laboratory-confirmed victims in the ongoing outbreak, spread across 40 states, as… Continue Reading

Texas advisory on Cyclospora suggests produce as source

Texas officials are investigating an increasing number of Cyclospora parasite infections, asking for help from health care providers and warning the public that fresh produce is the possible source. As of Thursday, 72 cases had been confirmed in the state, said Press Officer Christine Mann. That’s up from the 55 cases reported Monday in a… Continue Reading

Update: At Least 160 Cyclospora-Caused Illnesses Reported in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is investigating an outbreak of at least 160 cases of Cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora that can cause prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. The department has identified at least 160 cases this year, including a surge of reported cases beginning in mid-June…. Continue Reading

Cyclospora Outbreak Reaches 202 Cases; More Than Half are in Texas

Just like last summer, illnesses involving prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis are spreading across the country from Texas. Public health officials suspect the parasite is riding into the United States on contaminated fresh produce grown in Mexico for the U.S. market. They just don’t yet know the… Continue Reading

Texas Reports Big Spike in Cyclosporiasis Cases

Public health officials in Tarrant County, Texas, which includes the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington areas, are investigating a sudden surge in Cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by a parasite that can be ingested via contaminated food or water. The statewide number of cases hit 61 in the past month, with eight of them being in Tarrant County…. Continue Reading

CDC: Not All Cyclospora Cases Linked to Taylor Farms de Mexico

In a Monday update on the nationwide Cyclospora outbreak from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency stated that not all of the more than 600 current cases reported in 22 states and New York City are directly related to each other. Many of the recent cases have been reported from… Continue Reading

Nationwide Tally For Cyclospora Cases Now at 618

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported seven more Cyclospora infections on Tuesday, boosting its outbreak total to 598. The number of affected states rose to 22, with the latest illness onset listed as July 31. In its latest update, CDC stated that most of the cases were reported from mid-June through mid-July…. Continue Reading

Week 8: Cyclospora Outbreak Hits 20 States: 600 With Parasite

In the 52 days since the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta first announced an outbreak of the single-celled parasite known as Cyclospora cayetanesis, here’s what’s has occurred: Confirmed cases have nearly tripled to 600 Official case counts have required 18 updates States in the outbreak have quadrupled to 20 In… Continue Reading

Cyclospora Cases Reach 548, Including One in California

As of Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified of 548 cases of Cyclospora infection from the following 19 states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (including New York City), Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The California case… Continue Reading

18-State Cyclospora Outbreak Spreads Parasite to 21 More Victims

FDA Says Taylor Has Stopped Shipments As Of Aug. 9

The nation’s Cyclospora outbreak peaked some time ago, but it keeps producing cases on its current plateau.  The latest count is up to at least 535 cases in 18 states, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. That is 21 more cases and an additional state since CDC’s report last… Continue Reading