CDC believes some Texas Cyclospora cases associated with raw cilantro

Some cases in Texas of a parasite that sickened hundreds across 25 states may be linked to cilantro, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

As of the latest figures, 643 people in the U.S. have been sickened by the parasite Cyclospora, with 45 hospitalizations and no deaths. Earlier, the CDC had linked cases in Iowa and Nebraska to bagged salad mix from Mexico. Now, public health officials in Texas along with federal officials have linked some cases there to raw cilantro from Puebla, Mexico.

Texas has the most confirmed cases of Cyclospora, at 278, while Iowa had 153 and Nebraska reported 86. The onset of most symptoms occurred from mid-June to mid-July. The CDC believes the outbreak is over and that the implicated products no longer are on the market.

Cyclospora is a parasite that spreads when people ingest contaminated food or water. In many areas of the world, especially in subtropical or tropical zones, it is considered endemic.  Symptoms include diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach cramps and bloating (although some with cyclosporiasis may not have any symptoms at all).

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