August 27, 2013 – 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. Many of the recent cases have been reported in Texas, so the CDC and state health officials are focusing their efforts on interviewing affected individuals and identifying those who ate at the same restaurant prior to becoming sick. “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.
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What’s the problem?
From August 11-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Mexican Health Authorities conducted an environmental assessment of Taylor Farms’ processing facility and 5 farms that were identified through a traceback investigation. The operations were ultimately found to be in accordance with food safety protocols, and Taylor Farms was allowed to resume importing fresh produce into the United States on August 25.
In an update issued on Monday, the CDC noted that the Cyclosporiasis food poisoning cases in Texas were different from those found in Iowa and Nebraska, which were linked to Taylor Farms salads sold at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in those states.
“It is not unusual to recognize outbreaks that happen in the same season but are due to different foods. As in 2013 and in years past, most cases and outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in the United States are detected in spring and summer months. Not all cases during the same time of year are necessarily caused by the same exposure,” the CDC said.
There are currently no tests available that can differentiate between specific strains of Cyclospora bacteria. If such tests were available, it would be possible to tell one strain from another, determine which cases are linked, and identify likely sources of the outbreak.
To date, the state-by-state breakdown of Cyclosporiasis cases linked to this outbreak are as follows:
Texas (258), Iowa (156), Nebraska (86), Florida (31), Wisconsin (16), Illinois (11), Arkansas (10), New York City (7), Georgia (5), Missouri (5), Kansas (4), Louisiana (3), Connecticut (2), Minnesota (2), New Jersey (3), New York (2), Ohio (2), Virginia (2), California (1), New Hampshire (1) Tennessee (1), South Dakota (1), and Wyoming (1).
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