By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
More than 1,000 laboratory confirmed cyclosporiasis cases have been reported in the past month or so, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of August 28, 2019, 1,696 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis were reported to CDC by 33 states, District of Columbia and New York City in people who became ill since May 1, 2019 and who had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset.
This is up from 580 cases reported on July 23.
Of the nearly 1,700 cases reported to date, at least 92 people were hospitalized; no deaths were reported.
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At this time, multiple clusters of cases associated with different restaurants or events are being investigated by state public health authorities, CDC, and FDA.
One multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections has been linked to fresh basil imported from Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico . It is unknown at this time if other reported cases of Cyclospora infection in the United States this season are linked to fresh basil. This investigation is ongoing.
Many cases of cyclosporiasis could not be directly linked to an outbreak, in part because of the lack of validated molecular typing tools for C. cayetanensis.
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