July 24, 2014 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating at least 125 cases of Cyclospora food poisoning in 13 states, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
In a striking similarity to an outbreak last year, most of the cases were reported in Texas. Health officials are investigating 61 cases reported in July. Cases have also been reported in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee.
At least 19 patients reported getting food poisoning while traveling outside the United States, but 35 did not travel before getting sick.
No source has been confirmed.
Tracking outbreaks of Cyclospora is difficult. In the past, outbreaks have been linked to fresh produce that was imported from subtropical countries with poor sanitation. Foods implicated in the past include raspberries, lettuce, basil, snow peas, and cilantro.
Symptoms of infection typically begin 2-14 days after a contaminated food is ingested, but some people never develop symptoms or seek treatment. For those who do seek treatment, doctors must order specific laboratory tests. Without diagnosis, patients may have watery diarrhea lasting for months.
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