Thursday, July 25, 2013

Outbreak of Foodborne Illness in Multiple States Caused by Cyclospora

On June 28, 2013, the CDC was notified of two laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection in Iowa.  As of July 24, 2013, the CDC has been notified of at least 285 cases of Cyclospora infection involving residents of multiple states including Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Ohio.  Some of these cases warranted hospitalization.  
Cyclosporiasis is an infection transmitted by a parasite which is often found in tropical countries.  Although no specific food source has been identified as the culprit for the current Cyclospora outbreak, fresh produce has been implicated in previous outbreaks.  

Foodborne outbreaks such as these remind us of the importance of thoroughly washing our fresh fruits and vegetables before serving them to ourselves or our kids.  Stay up to date with the status of this current outbreak by tuning into the CDC website at the following link:


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