December 18, 2017

CDC Still Stumped on Huge Cyclospora Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their investigation on the huge Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened more than 1,000 people in the U.S. this summer. As of September 27, 2017, there are 1,054 laboratory confirmed cases in 40 states of people who got sick this year. This is an increase of 23 cases since the last update on September 20, 2017. At least 592 of these people didn't report international travel, and got sick on or after May 1, 2017. The case count by state of that group of 592 is: Arizona (1), California (10), Colorado (6), Connecticut (23), Florida (78), Georgia (13), Illinois (17), Indiana (4), Iowa (14), Kansas (2), Louisiana (12), Maryland (12), Massachusetts (14), Michigan (3), Minnesota (13), Mississippi (1), Missouri (13), Montana (2), … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens Almost 1000

A huge cyclospora outbreak in the United States has sickened 988 people as of September 13, 2017. Every summer there is a large cyclospora outbreak in the United States. This illness, caused by the Cyclospora cayetensis parasite, is endemic to tropical and subtropical areas of the globe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the this number includes people who reported international travel, as well as those who did not report travel. The reports have come from 40 states. At least 553, or 56%, of those sickened did not travel internationally. That means they were infected in the United States. Illness onset dates started on or before May 1, 2017. The report says that "it is too early to say whether cases of Cyclospora infection in different states are related … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak: Now 259 Sick

The Cyclospora outbreak in Texas has now sickened 259 people, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That's an increase of 29 people since the last update on August 18, 2017. This current outbreak started in late June, 2017.  Last year, there were 148 people sickened with this illness. This long-lasting illness is caused by the Cyclospora parasite, which is endemic to tropical regions. Past outbreaks have been caused by fresh produce such as raspberries, cilantro, mesclun, basil, and snow peas. The Cyclospora oocysts are shed in feces. The oocyst must develop before it becomes infectious; this process can take a few weeks. Public health officials in Texas have still not determined a common source for this outbreak. Doctors and health care practitioners are … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 230

The cyclospora outbreak in Texas has now sickened at least 230 people as of August 15, 2017. The outbreak began mid June 2017. People are sick in 45 counties in that state, and seven are ill in "county pending or unknown." The counties with the most cyclosporiasis cases include Bexar (30), Dallas (12), Fort Bend (10), Harris (59), and Travis (20). Public health officials have not yet identified a common source in this outbreak. Past cyclospora food poisoning outbreaks have been linked to imported fresh produce, such as cilantro, mesclun, raspberries, basil, and snow peas. Officials are interviewing patients and asking them about the foods they ate the weeks before they got sick. Cyclospora oocytes sicken people after they have been shed in feces. The illness is not spread … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Increases to 197 Sick

The cyclospora outbreak in Texas has now sickened at least 197 people, according to an update by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The counties with the most ill people are Bexar, with 25, Dallas, with 12, Harris, with 54, Tarrant, with 18, and Travis, with 14. Cyclospora parasites are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the globe. This parasite causes an intestinal illness when a person eats food or drinks water contaminated with the oocyst. The main symptoms of cyclosporiasis include watery diarrhea that is profuse and can be explosive, weight loss, fatigue, abdominal cramps, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and a low fever. People can be sick for weeks, and the illness can recur over a time span of months. This infection is not transmitted person-to-person, … [Read more...]

CDC Warns About Cyclospora Outbreak; 206 Are Ill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA are investigating an increase in cyclosporiasis cases. They want to warn public health departments and healthcare facilities about this problem. There is an ongoing Cyclospora outbreak right now in Texas, with at least 197 people sick. And as of August 2, 2017, the CDC states that 206 people in 27 states are sick with cyclosporiasis infections. Those patients got sick on or after May 1, 2017. Eighteen people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. No deaths have been reported. The CDC has not yet provided a case count map or identified the states where people are sick. No specific food has been identified as possible sources, and officials are working to identify the source. Officials also do … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Climbs to 160 Sick

The Cyclospora outbreak in Texas has now sickened at least 160 people, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Department. There has been a cyclospora outbreak in the United States every summer for the past few years. Last year there was a downtick in cases, which the FDA has attributed to increased import inspections and import alerts. But this new outbreak is much bigger than last year's. The illnesses started in mid-June 2017. The cyclospora parasite causes a long lasting illness that can recur for months. Symptoms include watery and explosive diarrhea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Health care providers are being told to watch for these symptoms and to test patients when needed. Past outbreaks have all been associated with imported fresh produce. Officials are … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak in Texas Sickens at Least 68

A health advisory for a Cyclospora outbreak has been issued by the Texas State Department of Health Services. At least 68 people are sick with cyclosporiasis in that state. Illness were reported to officials starting mid-June 2017. Public health officials are investigating the outbreak to identify possible common exposures. In the past, cyclospora outbreaks have been linked to consumption of imported fresh produce, cilantro, pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce. The diagnosis of more patients and rapid reporting to public health by doctors is essential to try to prevent a large scale outbreak. Officials are asking doctors to test patents for the parasite if they have a diarrheal illness that lasts more than a few days, or have diarrhea that … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak in Canada

It seems that every summer there is a Cyclospora outbreak somewhere in the world. A huge cyclosporiasis outbreak in 2015 sickened more than 700 people in 31 states. Last year, the FDA noted a decline in Cyclospora food poisoning cases, mostly because of import alerts and testing of imported foods. Now, the Public Health Agency of Canada has announced a Cyclospora outbreak. The source of this outbreak has not yet been identified. Cyclospora is not found in water or food grown in Canada. The parasite lives in tropical and subtropical regions in the Caribbean, South and Central America, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle Eat, and Africa. Cyclospora is a microscopic single-celled parasite that is passed through feces. The illness does not spread from person-to-person, but usually … [Read more...]

Alpine Snap Peas Recalled in Canada for Cyclospora

Costco Wholesale Canada Inc. and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Alpine Fresh Snap Peas from the marketplace because they may be contaminated with Cyclospora parasites. There have been illnesses reported with the consumption of this product. The recalled products is Alpine Fresh Snap Peas sold in 2 pound (907 gram) packages. All Best Before dates from 15-OC-01 to 15-OC-29 inclusively are recalled. The UPC number of the product is 8 15887 01072 7. The product was sold in Costco stores across Ontario. If you have this product in your home, do not eat it. Throw it out in a double bagged or sealed container, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Cyclospora is a parasite that cannot be completely washed off produce. This is important because snap peas … [Read more...]

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