Cyclospora outbreaks occur when people eat food or drink water contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite. The parasite causes a gastrointestinal food poisoning called cyclosporiasis, and symptoms may include watery diarrhea and chronic fatigue or tiredness for weeks or even months.
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Cyclospora Outbreaks 2018
Overview: Cyclospora Food Poisoning
Cyclospora food poisoning is a gastrointestinal illness caused by the single-celled parasite Cyclospora cayetanesis. Cyclospora is spread when people eat food or drink water that was contaminated with feces. The parasite is not highly contagious because it takes about a week to become infectious. Therefore, it is rare for the parasite spread directly from person-to-person.
Cyclospora Outbreak Information Resources
- How to Prevent Cyclospora Food Poisoning
- Iowa Department of Health Statement
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Updates
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services
- Nebraska Department of Health
How Common Are Cyclospora Outbreaks?
Not very. Outbreaks of cyclospora food poisoning are rare in North America, but they are more common in tropical or sub-tropical countries, where the Cyclospora bacteria is prevalent. Since the mid-1990s, imported fresh produce from these countries has caused food poisoning outbreaks in the United States associated with raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce.
What is Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclosporiasis is the name of the gastrointestinal illness caused by food poisoning from the Cyclospora parasite. About one week after a person eats contaminated food, the parasite infects the small intestine and causes a persistent, watery diarrhea, with frequent bowel movements. The CDC recommends treatment for cyclosporiasis with a combination of two antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Some patients may require hospitalization, but life-threatening infections are rare.
Symptoms of Cyclospora Food Poisoning
Symptoms of cyclospora food poisoning can last from a few days, up to several months. Without treatment, the average duration of symptoms is 57 days. The symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse). It is very common to feel tired.
Symptoms of cyclospora infection include:
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
Cyclospora Outbreaks from Cilantro, Salad
July 28, 2015 — After hundreds of people fell ill with cyclosporiasis, the FDA has banned cilantro from Puebla, Mexico. Inspectors found human feces, no running water, and toilet paper at eight farms. Click here to read more.
July 30, 2014 — The CDC says it is investigating 202 cases of food poisoning linked to the Cyclospora parasite, with the Texas Department of Health reporting at least 110 cases as of July 29. No source has been confirmed. Click here to read more.
July 24, 2014 — Federal health officials are investigating 125 cases of food poisoning in 13 states that has been linked to Cyclospora, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Click here to read more.
July 23, 2014 — An outbreak of Cyclospora has been linked to at least 61 cases of food poisoning in Texas, but the source has not yet been discovered. All of the cases were reported this month. Click here to read more.
October 28, 2013 — Cyclospora outbreak in Texas linked to imported fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico. Click here to read more.
August 28, 2013 — The CDC has reported that a cluster of Cyclospora illnesses in Texas is not associated with salad imported by Taylor Farms de Mexico. Click here to read more.
August 27, 2013 — Two weeks after Taylor Farms de Mexico ceased production and shipment of salad into the United States, the company has resumed salad imports. Click here to read more.
August 22, 2013 — The CDC is under-reporting about 24 cases in Texas because it takes time to process case reports. At least 274 people in Texas have been sickened in the outbreak. Nationwide, over 600 illnesses have been reported. Click here to read more.
August 21, 2013 — South Dakota and Wyoming have reported cases of Cyclospora, bringing the total number of states to 22. Texas is reporting 267 illnesses, though the CDC is only reporting 250 cases in the state. Another lawsuit has been filed against Bob’s Taco Station in Rosenberg, Texas. Click here to read more.
August 20, 2013 — The CDC has reported that 593 people in 20 states have been sickened in the Cyclospora outbreak. Because the parasite is uncommon and doctors must order specific tests to diagnose the parasite, victims are reportedly suffering for weeks before they are diagnosed. Click here to read more.
August 19, 2013 — Health department officials have confirmed a total of 267 cases of Cyclospora food poisoning. They suspect that contaminated produce is the likely cause. Click here to read more.
August 16, 2013 — Texas health department officials estimate that 60% of cases are clustered around Dallas, but the source of the outbreak has not been identified. Click here to read more.
August 15, 2013 — An outbreak of Cyclospora food poisoning has sickened 557 people, including 35 people who were hospitalized, in 19 states. Texas is the hardest-hit state, with 225 illnesses reported. Taylor Farms de Mexico has stopped shipping bagged salad to the U.S. on August 9. Click here to read more.
August 6, 2013 — Texas Department of Health reports 181 illnesses in the state. At least 4 women have filed lawsuits after they contracted Cyclospora food poisoning after eating at an Olive Garden restaurant. Click here to read more.
August 5, 2013 — The CDC indicates that 425 people have fallen ill and 24 have been hospitalized. Taylor Farms de Mexico has been named as a possible source of the outbreak. A woman from Dallas, Texas has filed a lawsuit against Olive Garden after she allegedly fell ill with cyclosporiasis after eating salad at the restaurant. Click here to read more.
July 31, 2013 — An outbreak of Cyclospora food poisoning has sickened 101 people in Texas. Nationwide, 15 states have reported 378 infections, including 21 hospitalizations. Health departments in Iowa and Nebraska have attributed the outbreak to bagged salad mixes. Click here to read more.
Most of the illnesses occurred in mid-July and have tapered off (according to the outbreak epidemic curve), and health officials believe that the perishable salad mixes have been eaten or thrown away.
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