At least 132 people were infected with the Cyclospora parasite after eating fresh basil imported from Mexico at restaurants in Florida, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio.
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Cyclospora Parasite Outbreak Linked to Fresh Basil from Mexico
July 2019 — The FDA is warning that fresh basil imported to the U.S. by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morales, Mexico has been linked to an outbreak of Cyclospora parasite infections in 11 states.
How Many People Are Sick?
The first illnesses were reported in June 2019. Since then, a total of 132 people were infected with the Cyclospora parasite, including 4 people who were hospitalized.
All of the people were exposed to the parasite after eating uncooked foods like salad, pesto pasta, or garnishes at restaurants in Florida, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio, according to the CDC outbreak investigation.
Where Were Illnesses Reported?
The following states have reported illnesses: Connecticut (1), Florida (22), Georgia (2), Iowa (2), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (29), New York (69), Ohio (3), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (1), and Wisconsin (1).
What Should I Do?
The FDA is warning consumers not to eat, buy, or serve any fresh basil that is imported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morales, Mexico.
Furthermore, consumers should not eat or serve fresh basil, or foods made with fresh basil, unless they know it was is not from Siga Logistics de RL de CV.
Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis
Cyclospora parasite infections cause symptoms about 1-2 weeks after the parasite is ingested. These symptoms may include:
- Frequent bouts of watery diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach cramps
The symptoms often last for several weeks. Without treatment, the symptoms can last for months, or go away and return later. The infection is rarely transmitted from person-to-person.
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