Outbreaks of Cyclospora food poisoning are rare, but they can cause widespread gastrointestinal illnesses. The outbreaks occur when people eat food that has been contaminated with feces containing the Cyclospora cayetanesis parasite. The gastrointestinal illness, called “cyclosporiasis,” can cause months of watery diarrhea, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms. Patients who are infected with Cyclospora may require hospitalization.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Texas trial lawyers with The Schmidt Firm, PLLC are currently accepting Cyclospora and/or Cyclosporiasis lawsuits throughout the entire state of Texas.
If you or somebody you know was sickened, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: Cilantro from Puebla, Mexico Banned for Food Poisoning Risk
July 28, 2015 — After finding human feces, no running water, and toilet paper in cilantro fields, the FDA has banned imports of cilantro from Puebla, Mexico and warned that the produce likely caused several massive outbreaks of food poisoning that sickened hundreds of people. Click here to read more.
July 30, 2014 — The CDC says it is investigating 202 cases of food poisoning linked to the Cyclospora parasite, with the Texas Department of Health reporting at least 110 cases as of July 29. No source has been confirmed. Click here to read more.
July 24, 2014 — Federal health officials are investigating 125 cases of food poisoning in 13 states that has been linked to Cyclospora, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Click here to read more.
July 23, 2014 — An outbreak of Cyclospora has been linked to at least 61 cases of food poisoning in Texas, but the source has not yet been discovered. All of the cases were reported this month. Click here to read more.
October 28, 2013 — Cyclospora outbreak in Texas linked to imported fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico. Click here to read more.
August 28, 2013 — The CDC has reported that a cluster of Cyclospora illnesses in Texas is not associated with salad imported by Taylor Farms de Mexico. Click here to read more.
August 27, 2013 — Two weeks after Taylor Farms de Mexico ceased production and shipment of salad into the United States, the company has resumed salad imports. Click here to read more.
August 22, 2013 — The CDC is under-reporting about 24 cases in Texas because it takes time to process case reports. At least 274 people in Texas have been sickened in the outbreak. Nationwide, over 600 illnesses have been reported. Click here to read more.
August 21, 2013 — South Dakota and Wyoming have reported cases of Cyclospora, bringing the total number of states to 22. Texas is reporting 267 illnesses, though the CDC is only reporting 250 cases in the state. Another lawsuit has been filed against Bob’s Taco Station in Rosenberg, Texas. Click here to read more.
August 20, 2013 — The CDC has reported that 593 people in 20 states have been sickened in the Cyclospora outbreak. Because the parasite is uncommon and doctors must order specific tests to diagnose the parasite, victims are reportedly suffering for weeks before they are diagnosed. Click here to read more.
August 19, 2013 — Health department officials have confirmed a total of 267 cases of Cyclospora food poisoning. They suspect that contaminated produce is the likely cause. Click here to read more.
August 16, 2013 — Texas officials still have not identified a source of the outbreak. Click here to read more.
August 15, 2013 — An outbreak of Cyclospora food poisoning has sickened 557 people, including 35 people who were hospitalized, in 19 states. Texas is the hardest-hit state, with 225 illnesses reported. Taylor Farms de Mexico has stopped shipping bagged salad to the U.S. on August 9. Click here to read more.
August 6, 2013 — Texas Department of Health reports 181 illnesses in the state. At least 4 women have filed lawsuits after they contracted Cyclospora food poisoning after eating at an Olive Garden restaurant. Click here to read more.
August 5, 2013 — The CDC indicates that 425 people have fallen ill and 24 have been hospitalized. Taylor Farms de Mexico has been named as a possible source of the outbreak. A woman from Dallas, Texas has filed a lawsuit against Olive Garden after she allegedly fell ill with cyclosporiasis after eating salad at the restaurant. Click here to read more.
July 31, 2013 — Bagged salad mix has been identified as the probable source of an outbreak of food poisoning that has sickened 378 people in 15 states. Health department officials in Iowa said that 80% of the cases in their state were associated with the same pre-packaged bagged salad. Click here to read more.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes that the outbreak peaked in mid-July and is now tapering off (click here to see the epidemic curve). It is possible that perishable foods that were contaminated have been eaten or thrown away by now.
Cyclospora outbreak information resources:
- Iowa Department of Health Statement
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Updates
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services
- Nebraska Department of Health
- What is Cyclospora?
- Symptoms of Cyclospora
- Diagnosis of Cyclospora
- Treatment for Cyclospora
- Preventing Cyclospora
Cyclospora Food Poisoning
Cyclospora food poisoning is caused by infection from the Cyclospora cayetanesis parasite, which results in a persistent gastrointestinal illness. The parasite spreads through feces, and large outbreaks typically occur when sewage contaminates water that is sprayed on fresh produce. Cyclospora is not highly contagious and it is rare to spread directly from person-to-person contact.
How Common Are Cyclospora Outbreaks?
Cyclospora outbreaks are uncommon in the United States. However, the parasite is prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical countries. In the mid-1990s, outbreaks of Cyclospora food poisoning were traced to imported fresh produce (basil, raspberries, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce) grown in these countries.
What is Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclosporiasis is the name of the gastrointestinal illness caused by the Cyclospora parasite. After a person ingests the parasite, it has a quiet incubation period of about a week. During this time, the parasite infects the small intestine (bowel) and proliferates. Once the parasite becomes contagious, it causes a watery diarrhea with small, frequent, and explosive bowel movements.
According to the CDC, the recommended treatment for cyclosporiasis is a combination of two antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Life-threatening infections are rare, but patients may need to be hospitalized.
Symptoms of Cyclospora Food Poisoning
Symptoms of food poisoning caused by Cyclospora may last only a few days or persist for several months. Without treatment, symptoms persist for an average of 57 days. Symptoms may go away and return (relapse). Patients often feel very tired.
Symptoms of cyclospora infection include:
- Diarrhea (watery, explosive)
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
Do I have a Texas Cyclospora Lawsuit?
The Texas trial lawyers with The Schmidt Firm, PLLC are currently accepting Cyclospora and/or Cyclosporiasis lawsuits throughout the entire state of Texas. If you or somebody you know was sickened after eating at Olive Garden or Red Lobster, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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