The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is working with several local health partners to investigate multiple reports of Cyclospora infections in the Capital Region. So far, there are 11 confirmed cases with illnesses that started in mid-June. Health officials interviewed patients about where they ate and what food they consumed before falling ill. Many of those sickened reported eating at the following establishments.
- The Italian American Community Center in Albany
- A buffet during a private graduation event at Union College in Schenectady
- Prime Life Restaurant at Beltrone Senior Living Community Center in Colonie
The DOH found no indication that the illnesses are linked to poor food handling or preparation. A statement from the DOH says that “contamination of produce with Cyclospora often occurs prior to arrival at food distribution centers and restaurants.” As the investigation continues, more establishments may be identified. Health officials recommend that anyone with diarrhea for three or more days should see their doctor.
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Cyclospora Outbreaks Linked to Fresh Produce
Cyclospora outbreaks are often linked to contaminated fresh produce. Produce can become contaminated with Cyclospora when it is irrigated or washed in water that has been contaminated with human feces. Typically, this happens when farmworkers do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom. The many nooks and crannies that form the structure of produce such as lettuce and cilantro, make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to wash off the parasite. Since Cyclospora is native to sub-tropical climates, outbreaks are usually associated with imported produce. However, domestic produce samples have recently tested positive for Cyclospora as well. Just last summer, two Cyclospora outbreaks linked to fresh produce sickened hundreds of people nationwide, including:
- McDonald’s outbreak linked to Fresh Express salad mix
- Cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays sold by Kwik Trip
If you became sick with Cyclospora, it is important to get a stool sample done right away from your doctor, a local hospital, or your health department.
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