August 17, 2013 – A rare epidemic of Cyclosporiasis illnesses linked to salad processed by Taylor Farms de Mexico and sold at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in the Midwest has sickened nearly 600 people in 19 states. At least 35 hospitalizations have been reported in connection with this outbreak, and most of the illnesses had onset dates ranging from mid-June through mid-July. Cyclospora cayetanensis, the bacteria that causes Cyclosporiasis, is a single-celled pathogen that can cause symptoms such as 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.
Free Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Cyclosporiasis, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the contaminated food and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of Cyclosporiasis cases by state are as follows:
Arkansas (10 cases), California (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (29), Georgia (4), Illinois (11), Iowa (155), Kansas (4), Louisiana (3), Minnesota (2), Missouri (4), Nebraska (86), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New York (7), Ohio (2), Texas (258), Virginia (2) and Wisconsin (14).
On August 12, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a traceback investigation of Taylor Farms de Mexico salad products resulted in the company’s decision to suspend “production and shipment of any salad mix, leafy green, or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States” until further notice.
What is Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclosporiasis food poisoning is caused by the single-celled Cyclospora cayetanensis bacterium. Approximately 15,000 cases of Cyclosporiasis are reported annually in the United States. The first known outbreak in North America occurred in 1990, and was linked to tainted water supplies. Since then, a number of outbreaks have been reported in the U.S. and Canada, most of which were found to have been caused by fruits and vegetables. In tropical and subtropical countries, outbreaks of cyclosporiasis are common among residents, and travelers to those areas have been sickened as well.
Signs and symptoms of Cyclosporiasis may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
Do I Have a Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Lawsuit?
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