At least 163 people are part of two unsolved Cyclospora outbreaks that continue to expand. The illnesses included in the outbreaks are among the 864 cases of domestically acquired cyclosporiasis reported nationwide between May and August.
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There isn’t much public information on either of the outbreaks. One of them has sickened 37 people. In the other, which has sickened 126 people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done an on-site investigation and collected samples for testing. The agency has not yet released the results of those tests.
Cyclospora is a parasite that is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions. Often, outbreaks are linked to imported produce. Previously, Cyclospora outbreaks have been linked to basil, cilantro, raspberries, blackberries, snap peas, and bagged salads.
Last summer, a Cyclospora outbreak linked to Fresh Express bagged salads sickened 701 people in 14 states. The salads, containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots were sold under the Fresh Express brand name and store brands at ALDI, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, ShopRite, and Walmart.
Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection usually develop within two weeks of eating contaminated food. They include diarrhea that can be explosive, abdominal cramps, nausea, weight loss, bloating, and fatigue. Cyclosporiasis is treated with a combination of antibiotics. Without treatment, Cyclospora symptoms can last for weeks or months.
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