October 23, 2016

Attorney Investigating Cyclospora Outbreak Says Chain Restaurant is Involved

Attorney Ryan Osterholm is actively investigating the Cyclospora outbreak linked to bagged, mixed salad. Osterholm says he has been investigating this outbreak for several weeks and is aware of at least one nationally advertised restaurant chain that is likely to be involved. “We are quite confident of the restaurants involved from speaking to many individuals sickened with Cyclospora," said Osterholm. “Any restaurants associated with this outbreak are responsible for the harm suffered by those sickened,” said Osterholm, who represents food poisoning victims in personal injury lawsuits against food processors, restaurants and others. To date there are a total of 397 cases of Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis) from 15 states, according to the CDC and state health officials: Iowa … [Read more...]

Cyclospora: CDC Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Update and FAQ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of Cyclospora infections (cyclosporiasis) in 15 states: Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. Almost 400 people have contracted cyclosporiasis, which can cause weeks of diarrhea. What is the food that is making people sick? Bagged salad mix is the source of this outbreak, according to the CDC and Iowa and Nebraska health officials. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that the salad mix contained iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. The Nebraska Department of Health stated that the salad mix came through national distribution channels. What is Cyclospora? Cyclospora … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Questionnaire Asks if Victim Ate at a Restaurant

A Cyclospora outbreak questionnaire used by health officials in Florida asks if the outbreak victim ate at a restaurant prior to illness. The purpose of the questionnaire is to determine the source of a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections which has sickened hundreds of people in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, and Ohio. Iowa alone has over 140 cases. The Iowa Department of Health stated today that the Cyclospora outbreak has been linked to a prepackaged salad mix containing iceberg and Romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. The food trace back investigation performed by Iowa health offials determined that at least 80 percent of its 143 cases had been exposed to the … [Read more...]

Florida Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 23

At least 23 people in Florida have Cyclospora infections and may be part of a multi-state outbreak. Cyclospora is a rare parasite and infections are usually associated with travel to tropical and sub-tropical regions. On average, less than 150 cases are diagnosed nationwide each year, but over the last month, more than 362 cases have developed in 15 states. Health officials don’t know yet how many of the cases are linked in a multi-state outbreak. Case counts by state are as follows: Iowa (140), Texas (101), Florida (23), Wisconsin (7), New York City* (4), Georgia (3), Illinois* (3) Connecticut (2), Missouri (2), Nebraska (72), Arkansas (1), Kansas *(1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1), (*Notes: One of the Illinois cases was likely exposed while visiting Iowa. The Kansas case … [Read more...]

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