In a follow up to a story at the beginning of August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the preliminary analysis of results from an investigation into a cluster of cyclospora cases that ate at a Texas restaurant does not show a connection to Taylor Farms de Mexico, according to an agency update Aug. 26.
In the collaborative investigation between the CDC and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the interviews among people in one cluster of the patients infected with the parasite did not show a connection to salad mix, leafy greens, and salad mix components produced at Taylor Farms de Mexico.
Two weeks ago, Taylor Farms de Mexico stopped production and shipment of any salad mix, leafy green, or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States. Production was resumed this past Sunday, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The latest cyclospora case count from the CDC states there has been 610 ill persons with Cyclospora infection from 22 states.
However, the case count has yet to be updated accounting for new Texas cases. The CDC currently reports the Lone Star State with 258 cases, but the DHHS is reporting 20 additional cases, with 278 total.
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope. This parasite causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis, according to the CDC.
Cyclospora is spread by people ingesting something - such as food or water - that was contaminated with feces (stool).
In the United States, foodborne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis since the mid-1990s have been linked to various types of imported fresh produce, including raspberries, basil, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce; no commercially frozen or canned produce has been implicated.
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