September 26, 2016

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...]

Cyclospora Sickens 92 in Canada

At least 92 people in Canada have been sickened by food contaminated with Cyclospora. Health officials do not know the food source of the outbreak, which began in May, but are continuing to investigate. Most of the illnesses, 82, have been reported from Ontario. In British Columbia there are four cases, in Quebec, five; and one in Alberta. Two people have been hospitalized. Cyclospora is a parasite usually associated with travel to developing countries with tropical climates. But in recent years, it has travelled to the U.S. and Canada in various kinds of produce including salad greens and cilantro. Cyclosporiasis, the infection caused by the Cyclospora parasite, causes profuse diarrhea that can last two months or more. Other symptoms, which can also last more than 60 days if … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 457 in 29 States

At least 457 in 29 states have contracted parasitic infections from eating food contaminated with Cyclospora, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sixteen people have been hospitalized. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, can last up to two months and include explosive diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. These symptoms can also last more than 60 days. About 60 percent of those sickened, 275  people, reported feeling onset of symptoms on or after May 1, 2015. Of those case, the breakdown by state is as follows: Arkansas (2), California (2), Connecticut (3), Florida (11), Georgia (22), Illinois (6), Iowa (1), … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Announced in Canada Too

The Public Health Agency of Canada is announcing that there are 83 people in that country sick with the symptoms of Cyclospora. There is an outbreak in the U.S. that has sickened almost 400 people. Investigators do not know if the two outbreaks are related. In Canada, the case outbreak by province is: British Columbia (3), Alberta (1), Ontario (74), and Quebec (5). Two people have been hospitalized; no deaths are reported. In past outbreaks, imported fresh produce has been linked to the illnesses. Most of these cases occurred in late June and early July. The last reported illness began on July 18, 2015. Part of the outbreak in the United States has been linked to cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico. Previous Cyclospora outbreaks have been linked to pre-packaged salad mix, basil., … [Read more...]

Kroger Recalls Cilantro Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak

Kroger is recalling cilantro that has been linked to a Cyclospora outbreak from stores in 10 sates. The outbreak includes at least 218 people in Texas and Wisconsin and may include illnesses in other states. Cyclospora causes an infection called cyclosporiasis which causes profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last up to two months.  Other cyclosporiasis symptoms, which can also last more than 60 days, include abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. Federal health officials have traced the source of the outbreak to farms in the Puebla region of Mexico. But the distribution in the U.S. was so widespread that they could not identify a single supplier from whom to  request … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak in Texas Increases Again

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting that the Cyclospora outbreak in that state has increased again. Now 205 people in that state are sickened with cyclosporiasis that is associated with cilantro imported from the Puebla region of Mexico. The FDA has issued an import alert on cilantro imported from that region in Mexico. That product will be detained if it reaches the border. Annually recurring outbreaks in 2012, 2013, 2014, and this year have prompted an investigation. FDA investigators found feces and toilet paper in some cilantro fields, and contamination caused by irrigation of fields with water contaminated with sewage. Other issues may include cleaning produce with contaminated water, and lack of adequate cleaning of equipment that is used to process the … [Read more...]

Austin, Travis County Texas Hit Hard by Cyclospora

Austin and other cities in Travis County, Texas have been hard hit by a Cyclospora outbreak this summer. More than 70 people in Travis County have been sickened by the rare parasite that causes an infection called cyclosporiasis. Cyclospora is a parasite that lives in tropical and subtropical regions. For the last two years Texans have been sickened by cilantro imported from Mexico that was contaminated with Cyclospora. Many of them became ill after visiting restaurants where they ate items containing the contaminated ingredient. Produce can become contaminated with Cyclospora  through unsanitary conditions at any point from its journey from farm to table. It is difficult to remove Cyclospora by washing produce, but cooking it will kill the parasite. The main symptom of … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak in Austin/Travis Counties, Texas

The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is investigating a cyclospora outbreak in Texas. As of June 23, 2015, there are 15 confirmed and probable cases and 11 new cases under investigation. In the past week, 42 cases have been reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Cyclospora is a parasite that is spread when food or water is contaminated with feces. It is not spread person-to-person, since the parasite needs to develop to become infectious again. People can become infected with this microscopic organism by drinking water or eating food that contains the spores. Time between exposure and illness is usually about 7 days. Cyclospora attacks the small intestine and causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive,bowel movements. Other … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Cases Reach 283 Sickened Across U.S.

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is reporting an increase in cyclospora cases around the country. Now at least 283 people are sick in 21 states as of August 12, 2014. That is an increase of 48 cases compared to last week. One hundred sixty, or 57%, of the cases were reported in Texas. Of those people, at least 116 Texas patients did not travel during the two weeks before they got sick. Cyclospora is endemic in sub-tropical regions. If the patients did not travel to those areas, they most likely got sick by eating a contaminated food. More patients are being interviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discover what percentage of cases are linked with travel. Most of the cases were reported in July. Maine and Massachusetts are … [Read more...]

Multistate Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 202 People

According to Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), there is a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora going on right now that has sickened at least 202 people in 19 states. Last year a huge Cyclospora outbreak sickened at least 621 people in 25 states. Some of those cases were never solved; one group was linked to produce imported from Mexico. There have been 77 more cases reported in the last week. More than half of the cases are in Texas, which has 110 of the ill persons. The counties affected in Texas include Dallas (21 cases), Tarrant (11 cases), and Harris (8 cases), among others. Six more states reported cases, which brings the total of affected states to 19, along with New York City. The latest states to report cases are Michigan, Minnesota, … [Read more...]

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