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Fifth Cyclospora Food Poisoning Illness Reported in Missouri

Federal health investigators say a fifth case of Cyclospora food poisoning has been identified in Missouri, bringing the nationwide confirmed total associated with the recent outbreak to 598.

August 21, 2013 – Federal health investigators say a fifth case of Cyclospora food poisoning has been identified in Missouri, bringing the nationwide confirmed total associated with the recent outbreak to 598. Individuals sickened with Cyclospora have ranged in age from less than a year old to 92 year of age, with the median age being approximately 51. Among 456 ill persons for whom information is available, 40 (9%) have reported being hospitalized.

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 Cyclospora Food Poisoning Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Cyclospora food poisoning, 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?

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued a press release today stating that the latest case of Cyclospora food poisoning was confirmed by a healthcare provider in the Kansas City area. Previous cases associated with the outbreak were identified in the Kansas City, Lake of the Ozarks, and Branson areas. In addition to those reported in Missouri, the current number of Cyclospora 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), Louisiana (3), Connecticut (2), Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), New York (2), Ohio (2), Virginia (1), California (1), New Hampshire (1), and Tennessee (1).

What is Cyclosporiasis?

Cyclospora cayetanensis bacteria causes a rare gastrointestinal illness known as Cyclosporiasis, which causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms. The bacteria spreads when people eat food or drink water that has been contaminated with feces. Cyclosporiasis is most often found in tropical or subtropical regions, and is usually linked to imported fresh fruits and vegetables.

Signs and symptoms of Cyclosporiasis may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue (feeling tired)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Intestinal gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Low-grade fever

Outbreak Sickens Nearly 600 in 20 States

To date, the Cyclospora food poisoning outbreak has sickened a total of 598 people in 20 states around the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 247 people have been diagnosed with the illness in Texas, 155 in Iowa, and 86 in Nebraska. The CDC and local health investigators are still working to determine whether the Missouri cases are linked to cases in other states.

Do I Have a Cyclospora Food Poisoning 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 food poisoning lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Cyclospora cases in all 50 states.

Free Cyclospora Food Poisoning 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 If you or a loved one was injured by food poisoning caused by a Cyclospora food poisoning suit and we can help.

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