Texas Reports 181 Cyclospora Food Poisonings, Lawsuits Grow

August 6, 2013 — Today, the Texas Department of State Health Services has reported that 181 cases of Cyclospora food poisoning have been confirmed in Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the Cyclospora parasite has infected 466 people in 16 states and New York City.

Texas counties that have reported Cyclospora infection:

Brazoria, Cass, Collin, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Guadalupe, Harris, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Montague, Nueces, Parker, Potter, Smith, Tarrant, Tom Green, Travis, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Wichita, Williamson, Wise.

Health department officials in Texas have not identified the source of the outbreak, but officials in Iowa and Nebraska have linked cases to pre-packaged salads distributed by Taylor Farms de Mexico.

As the number of cases continues to grow, so has the number of lawsuits filed against Darden Restaurants, the company owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and other restaurant chains. The first lawsuit, filed by Suzanne Matteis of Dallas, alleged that she was sickened after eating salad at an Olive Garden in Addison. Owners of the restaurant deny that they used Taylor Farms salads.

Another cyclospora food poisoning lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who contracted a Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis) after eating at an Olive Garden in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Two women from Sioux City, Iowa, have also filed lawsuits after eating at an Olive Garden.

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