January 16, 2018

Cyclospora Outbreak Expands: 535 Cases, 18 States

The Cyclospora outbreak has expanded to include 535 cases in 18 states. Virginia, the most recent state to join the outbreak, is reporting two cases. Texas is hardest hit, with more than 215 residents diagnosed with the infection, some of whom first became ill as recently as July 28.

cyclospora-outbreakOn July 24,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and a Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) fellow to Texas to assist state officials with the outbreak investigation.  After two weeks, no breakthroughs have been made. “At this stage of the investigation it is unclear if transmission is still occurring nationally and if all of the reported cases are part of the same outbreak,'” the CDC stated in its update today.

At this point, only cases in Iowa and Nebraska have been linked. The source of those illnesses was determined to be pre-packaged foodservice salad from Taylor Farms of Mexico served at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in those states.

Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska said at the end of July that the tainted product was longer in circulation in those states. But case counts are rising in Texas and other states. And the outbreak is expanding to new states. Late last week, New Hampshire reported 1 case and Virginia, added to the list today, is reporting two.

Cyclospora-ImageBy state, the breakdown of  535 cases is as follows: Texas (215), Iowa (153), Nebraska (86), Florida (27), Wisconsin (10), Illinois (9), Arkansas (5), Georgia (5),  New York (6), Missouri (4), Kansas (3), Louisiana(3), New Jersey (2), Ohio (2), Virginia (2), Connecticut (1), Minnesota (1), New Hampshire (1).

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