SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

U.S. cyclosporiasis outbreak up to 646 cases

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that there were 646 total cases of cyclosporiasis as part of an outbreak occurring in 24 states.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite. The first two cases of the infection were confirmed on June 28 in Iowa. Since that time, 23 other states reported infections, with most of them occurring between mid-June and mid-July.

Public health officials in Nebraska and Iowa concluded that restaurant-associated cases of Cyclospora infection in their states were connected to a salad mix produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico. On August 12, Taylor Farms de Mexico voluntarily suspended production and shipment of salad mix components.

The CDC and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services found that a cluster of cases were linked to a particular Texas restaurant. The restaurant did not show any connection to Taylor Farms de Mexico.

On August 25, Taylor Farms de Mexico resumed production and shipment of its salad mix components.

As of September 6, the CDC reported 646 cases in total from Wyoming, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, South Dakota, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut, California and Arkansas. The cases included 44 hospitalizations and no deaths.