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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 reports uptick in Cyclospora cases; cooking kills parasite

The Lone Star State put out the warning on Monday — those microscopic parasites are back. During June and July, the Texas Department of State Health Services saw a spike in the intestinal illness caused by consuming food or water contaminated with Cyclospora parasites, upping the year-to-date number of cases to 68. There were 148 cases… Continue Reading

Imported food sickens more Americans than ever

Increasing demand in the U.S. for year-round access to all foods means more foreign food in grocery stores and that means more foodborne illness outbreaks from imported food. Writing for the March edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four researchers take a deep dive into outbreak trends involving… Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases drop after FDA monitors Mexican cilantro

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is linking its program to more closely monitor fresh Mexican cilantro to a drop in domestically acquired Cyclospora cayetanensis infections. According to a Sept. 19 update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Sept. 16 there were at least 134 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis with illness onset… Continue Reading

Canada reports 51 Cyclospora cases in 4 provinces; fresh produce suspected

Canadian public health officials are investigating an outbreak of “locally acquired” Cyclospora infections. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), there are currently 51 confirmed cases in four provinces, and one person has been hospitalized. The source of the illnesses has not yet been identified, although PHAC stated that “imported fresh produce products are… Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2015

This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2015, in terms of both the number of people who… Continue Reading

CDC: Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Mexican Cilantro Sickened 546 People

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the recent Cyclospora outbreak sickened 546 people from 31 states from May to August. The numbers of reported cases in the U.S. have returned to baseline levels, the agency noted. CDC stated that epidemiologic and traceback investigations conducted in Texas, Wisconsin, and Georgia by… Continue Reading

North Carolina Produce Dealer Sues Supplier of Mexican-Grown Cilantro

A Wilmington, NC-based produce dealer known as Farmer’s Friend is suing Don Hugo Produce Inc., its Texas supplier of cilantro from farms in Puebla, Mexico. The litigation was brought because that Mexican cilantro has been contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite which has caused the diarrheal illness known as cyclosporiasis for each of the past four seasons…. Continue Reading

CDC: 495 in 30 States Now Have Cyclospora Infection, Possibly From Cilantro

Update: CDC posted another update on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, detailing this outbreak investigation. As of Aug. 21, the agency stated that 495 people from 30 states with confirmed Cyclospora infections had been reported, which is 19 more people than CDC reported on Aug. 18. The previous story follows: According to the latest update posted Tuesday, as of… Continue Reading

83 Cases of Cyclospora Infection Reported in Canada

According to a public health notice issued Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate 83 cases of Cyclospora infection in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. A total of 83 cases have been reported in British… Continue Reading