A Cyclospora outbreak linked to imported broccoli has ended with at least 20 people sick, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The outbreak was one of two the agency has been investigating this summer.
Cyclospora is a parasite native to tropical climates. During interviews with health officials, patients reported eating broccoli before they became ill. Through a traceback process, state and federal investigators were able to determine that imported broccoli was the source of the illnesses. However, tests on broccoli samples were not positive for Cyclospora so the brand of the product was not disclosed.
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Previous Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Broccoli
In 2018, a Cyclospora outbreak was linked to Del Monte vegetable trays containing cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli. The vegetable trays were sold at Kiwk Trip stores. The outbreak sickened 250 people in four states, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Symptoms of Cyclospora Infection
The hallmark of a Cyclospora infection is diarrhea that is often described as explosive and watery. Other symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue. Usually, these symptoms appear within 1 to 14 days of exposure. Without treatment, cyclosporiasis symptoms can last for months.
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