The Cyclospora parasite is a common cause of traveler’s diarrhea, but in recent years it has sickened hundreds of people in food poisoning outbreaks linked to fresh herbs and produce imported from Mexico and other subtropical regions.
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 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.
UPDATE: Cyclospora Outbreak in Texas Sickens Nearly 150
July 10, 2015 — Nearly 150 people in Texas have been sickened by the Cyclospora parasite and health officials warn that fresh herbs imported from Mexico is likely to blame. Click here to read more.
What is Cyclosporiasis?
- What is Cyclospora?
- What are the symptoms of Cyclosporiasis?
- How is Cyclosporiasis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclosporiasis is a gastrointestinal disease that is caused by the single-celled parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. The parasite grows in the small intestine (bowel) of humans, and it is transmitted through the fecal-oral route.
Cyclosporiasis food poisoning is uncommon in the United States, but the parasite is endemic to tropical and sub-tropical countries. Since the 1990s, several cyclosporiasis outbreaks have been linked to imported fresh produce (snow peas, basil, mesclun lettuce, raspberries, and salad).
How Often Does Cyclosporiasis Occur in Texas?
Outbreaks of cyclosporiasis are very rare in Texas, but they are becoming more common. According to the Texas Department of Health, from 2001 until 2011, there were 49 total cases of cyclosporiasis. In 2012, there was a sharp increase, with 44 reported cases. The 2013 cyclosporiasis food poisoning outbreak has sickened at least 250 people in Texas.
Texas Counties Reporting Cyclosporiasis Infections
- El Paso
- Fort Bend
- Tom Green
- Van Zandt
Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis Food Poisoning
The characteristic symptoms of cyclosporiasis food poisoning include watery diarrhea and fatigue that persists for a week or more. The time between eating contaminated food and getting sick is about 1-2 weeks. Symptoms may go away and return (relapse). Without treatment, cyclosporiasis can persist for months.
Symptoms of cyclosporiasis food poisoning:
- Diarrhea that may be watery, frequent, or explosive
- Decreased appetite and weight loss
- Stomach cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Increased intestinal gas
- Nausea, vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle aches
Treatment for Cyclosporiasis Food Poisoning
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cyclosporiasis treatment recommendations — Most healthy adults with cyclosporiasis can be successfully treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), sold as Bactrim, Septra, and Sulfatrim. The regimen is SMX 800-mg (one double-strength tablet) plus TMP 160-mg, orally, twice a day, for 7-10 days. Patients who have diarrhea or vomiting will also need to rest and drink plenty of fluids to reduce the risk of complications, such as dehydration and kidney failure.
Resources and Additional Information
- Texas Cyclosporiasis Lawsuits — The Schmidt Firm, PLLC Home Page for Food Poisoning Lawsuits
- Investigation of Cyclosporiasis Outbreak — Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Updates
- Texas Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Updates — Texas Health Department Updates
Do I have a Texas Cyclosporiasis 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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