June 17, 2024

Cyclospora Outbreak at Sonora Grill in Minneapolis Sickens 17; Lawsuits May Be Filed

A cyclospora outbreak at Sonora Grill in Minneapolis has just been announced by the Minnesota Department of Health. At least seventeen people are sick. Health officials are investigating this outbreak, which occurred at that restaurant in mid-May 2018.

Cyclospora Outbreak Sonora Grill Minneapolis


The restaurant is cooperating with the investigation and health officials say there is no indication that there is an ongoing risk to patrons. There is another cyclospora outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin linked to Kwik Trip Del Monte vegetable trays, but officials say that they have no evidence to indicate that the two outbreaks are related.

Public health officials want to speak with anyone who ate at Sonora Grill over the weekend of May 18 to May 20, 2018, whether or not they got sick. Senior Epidemiologist Trisha Robinson of the MDH said, “Even if you have not been sick, your information can help us identify what may have caused these illnesses and prevent future illnesses. If you ate at Sonora Grill during that weekend of May 18-20, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health Waterborne Diseases Unit at 651-201-4891.”

Attorney Fred Pritzker

You can contact food safety attorney Fred Pritzker for help by calling 612-338-0202 or 1-888-377-8900.

Food safety attorney Fred Pritzker, who has represented many clients sickened with cyclospora infections, said, “Cyclospora outbreaks have been occurring every summer in this country for years. No one should get sick because they decided to eat out at restaurant.”

Cyclosporiasis is caused by a single celled parasite called cyclospora. It is spread through consumption of fresh produce. Symptoms include stomach cramps, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, and the characteristic explosive and watery diarrhea. Patients usually get sick about a week after they ingest the parasite, but some can become ill as soon as two days later while others don’t get sick for two weeks.

There are antibiotics that can treat this parasitic infection, but they are sulfa based. That means that anyone who is allergic to sulfa drugs may be sick longer. If you ate at the Sonora Grill in mid May and have been experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor.

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