Our food safety lawyers are investigating a Cyclospora food poisoning outbreak associated with eating at Sonora Grill in Minneapolis in mid-May. To date, 17 patrons have reported being diagnosed with Cyclospora infections, also called cyclosporiasis. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the department does not have any indication that there is an ongoing risk to patrons.

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Can You Sue Sonora Grill for Cyclospora Food Poisoning?

If you have been diagnosed with a Cyclospora infection after eating at Sonora Grill, you may have the right to sue the restaurant for compensation. You may have a lawsuit even if investigators can’t determine which food product served at the restaurant made you sick.

Because this kind of food poisoning can cause weeks of explosive diarrhea, it is important that anyone sickened get compensation for lost wages, in addition to amounts for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and emotional distress.

Cyclospora Outbreak
This is a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample. It reveals the presence of three uniformly stained Cyclospora oocysts in the field of view.

Symptoms of Cylospora food poisoning typically include watery diarrhea (sometimes explosive), stomach cramps, nausea, loss of appetite and weight loss. People typically become ill about a week after exposure, but this period can range from 2-14 days. As stated above, diarrhea can last several weeks or longer if not treated.

Can You Help Find the Food Product that Made Sonora Grill Patrons Sick?

In an effort to find the specific food product that caused the Cyclospora infections, the Minnesota Department of Health is asking that anyone who ate at the Sonora Grill over the weekend of May 18-20 contact the department. Even if you were not sickened, your information will help.

“Even if you have not been sick, your information can help us identify what may have caused these illnesses and prevent future illnesses,” said Trisha Robinson, an epidemiologist supervisor with MDH. “If you ate at Sonora Grill during that weekend of May 18-20, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health Waterborne Diseases Unit at 651-201-4891.”