Were you diagnosed with cyclosporiasis and think a contaminated food may be to blame? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries by filing a lawsuit. Signs and symptoms of cyclospora food poisoning include diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating, stomach cramps, muscle aches, and fever.
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.
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Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Linked to Midwest Restaurants
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), a rare outbreak of Cyclosporiasis food poisoning illnesses linked to salad products served at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in the midwest has sent hundreds of people to the hospital. As of August 16, 2013, at least 557 cases of Cyclosporiasis have been reported in 19 states and 1 city. The number of cases identified in each area is as follows:
Texas (225), Iowa (153), Nebraska (86), Florida (28), Wisconsin (14), Illinois (11), Arkansas (7), New York City (5), Georgia (4), Kansas (4), Missouri (4), Louisiana (3), Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), New York (2), Ohio (2), Virginia (2), California (1), Connecticut (1), and New Hampshire (1).
What is Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclosporiasis is a severe gastrointestinal illness caused by the single cell Cyclospora cayetanensis bacterium. This pathogen spreads when people eat food or drink water that has been contaminated with feces. Rarely found in the United States, Cyclosporiasis is most commonly reported in tropical or subtropical regions. When they do occur in the U.S., foodborne outbreaks of Cyclosporiasis have been linked to various types of imported fresh produce such as raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce.
Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis
Signs and symptoms of Cyclosporiasis may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
Depending on the severity of the condition, symptoms of Cyclosporiasis food poisoning may last anywhere from a few days up to several months. If you suspect that you may have this illness, you should contact your doctor immediately.
For the treatment for Cyclosporiasis food poisoning, doctors may prescribe an antibiotic drug called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra). For patients who are unable to take sulfa, ciprofloxacin (Cipro) or nitazoxanide (Alinia) may be prescribed.
Need More Info?
Click on the following links if you’d like more information about this Cyclosporiasis outbreak:
- Taylor Farms Salad Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Information 
- Frequently Asked Questions about Cyclosporiasis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
- FDA Investigation of Cyclosporiasis Outbreak 
Do I Have a Cyclosporiasis Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in cyclosporiasis outbreak lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new food borne illness cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one were injured, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.