August 20, 2013 – In the 53 days since a rare food poisoning outbreak caused by a parasite known as Cyclospora cayetanesis was announced, confirmed illnesses have tripled to 600 cases in 20 states, with Tennessee being the latest to be implicated in the epidemic. An investigation conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the source of the outbreak as bagged salads processed by Taylor Farms de Mexico, which were sold at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska. Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single-celled bacterium rarely found in the United States that can cause symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea for weeks or even months after exposure.
Cyclosporiasis Food Poisoning Update 8/27/13: Not all of the more than 600 cases involved in the recent Cyclospora food poisoning outbreak are related to each other, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week. “The preliminary analysis of results from this ongoing cluster investigation in Texas does not show a connection to salad mix, leafy greens, and salad mix components produced at Taylor Farms de Mexico,” the CDC said. Click here to learn more.
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Questions Remain About Source of Cyclosporiasis Outbreak
Despite narrowing down the source of the Cyclosporiasis illnesses to salads eaten at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in Nebraska and Iowa, the question remains as to how the outbreak reached 18 other states. For this reason, the CDC and state health officials are still unclear as to whether they are dealing with one large outbreak or several smaller ones.
The current number of Cyclosporiasis food poisoning cases by state are as follows:
Texas (258), Iowa (155), Nebraska (86), Florida (29), Wisconsin (16), Illinois (11), Arkansas (10), New York (7), Georgia (4), Kansas (4), Missouri (4), Louisiana (3), Connecticut (2), Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), New York (2), Ohio (2), Virginia (1), California (1), New Hampshire (1), and Tennessee (1).
With the latest report, Tennessee becomes the 20th state in the nation to be included in the Cyclosporiasis food poisoning outbreak.
In several of the cases, the Cyclospora cayetanensis bacteria was acquired outside the state where the illness was reported, which may account for some of the mystery as to how food from restaurants in two states sickened people around the country. Most of the illness onset dates reported so far have ranged from mid-June through mid-July, but more than 250 cases have been included in the month of August.
So far, the CDC has collected medical data from approximately 440 of the confirmed cases, and found that 8% of those (36 patients) have been hospitalized as a direct result of their illness. Affected individuals range from 1 to 92 years in age, with just over half (55%) being female. Fortunately, no deaths have yet been reported in connection with this outbreak.
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Click on the links below if you’d like additional information about the Cyclosporiasis food poisoning outbreak from Schmidt & Clark, LLP:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis
- Cyclospora Outbreak Lawsuit & Lawyer
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