THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

CDC investigates Cyclospora outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday that its investigation of a Cyclospora outbreak found 467 cases of infection and an investigation to find the cause is underway.

The CDC has partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to find the cause of the outbreak. Two of the cases, reported in Iowa and Nebraska, found the outbreak was linked to a salad mix. The search to find the cause for the other 465 cases across 14 states that reported infections is still underway.

There have been 27 hospitalizations reported to date. Most of the outbreaks occurred towards the end of June and into early July.

The leaders of the investigation are still determining if all of the cases resulted from the same outbreak. Current data points to various types of fresh produce as the culprit.

The CDC recommends confirming Cyclospora cases with telediagnosis, which calls for an image of suspected Cyclospora oocysts from acid-fast stained smears or wet mounts created using ultraviolet fluorescence microscopy and a concentrated stool sample to be sent to the CDC to examine.

The states that have confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections are Connecticut, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas and Nebraska.