Federal officials are investigating two Cyclospora outbreaks right now. Together they have sickened 133 people. The first outbreak, announced last month, has sickened 104 people. The second one, announced today, has sickened 29. The food sources of these outbreaks has not yet been determined.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is testing samples of the suspected food source of the first outbreak and has started a traceback investigation in the second.
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Humans are the only known reservoir of the parasite Cyclospora. It is native to tropical and sub-tropical climates. People get Cyclospora infections when they eat food that is contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter from an infected person. Symptoms usually develop within two weeks of eating contaminated food. They include diarrhea that can be explosive or watery, abdominal cramps, nausea, weight loss, bloating, and fatigue. Without treatment, these symptoms can last for weeks or months.
In the past, Cyclospora outbreaks have been linked to contaminated fresh produce including cilantro, basil, raspberries, blackberries, mesclun, snap peas, and bagged salads.
Last summer, a 14-state Cyclospora outbreak linked to bagged salads produced by Fresh Express sickened 701 hospitalizing 38 of them. The salads, containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots, were sold under the Fresh Express brand name and the store brand names ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry, and Walmart Marketside. Fresh Express issued a recall for the salads which were all produced at the company’s facility in Streamwood, IL.
Fresh Express was also linked to a 2018 Cyclospora outbreak. The Fresh Express salads sold at McDonald’s were linked to a Cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 500 people. Fresh Express also produced those salads at its Streamwood, IL facility.
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