August 22, 2013 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Department of Health have reported different case count numbers in an outbreak of Cyclospora food poisoning. The CDC case count for Texas is 250 cases, but state health officials in Texas are reporting 274 cases.
When asked to explain why the CDC is under-reporting cases in Texas, a spokeswoman stated:
“The reason for the difference has to do with the reporting process. They have a process that they go through when they report the information to us. It just takes a little bit longer for us to get everything. It’s just the process — it’s not that the numbers are actually different.”
If the 24 uncounted cases in Texas are added to the CDC numbers, the total number of cases in outbreak is at least 625 people, including 40 who were hospitalized, in 22 states. It is not clear whether a single source is responsible for the entire outbreak, and increased awareness may be contributing to higher reporting to local health departments. If there is a common source, this is the largest outbreak of cyclosporiasis since the CDC began keeping track of the disease in the late-1990s.
A growing number of lawsuits have been filed. Last week, plaintiffs Kennon Smith and Lyndsay Smith filed a lawsuit after they were sickened with Cyclospora after eating a Bob’s Taco Station in Rosenberg, Texas. They filed a claim against the restaurant, Taylor Fresh Foods Inc, and Mex Luna Produce Co., alleging that defendants negligently imported, manufactured, distributed, and marketed contaminated produce while failing to warn consumers about the risk.
Texas counties reporting Cyclospora infection:
Austin, Bell, Brazoria, Cameron, Collin, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Guadalupe, Harden, Harris, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Matagorda, Montague, Parker, Potter, Smith, Tarrant, Tom Green, Travis, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Wichita, Williamson, Wise.
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