By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In an update Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the Cyclospora outbreak linked to fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico has risen to 205 cases nationally.
Laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections associated with this outbreak have been reported from 11 states: CT (1), FL (50), GA (2), IA (2), MA (1), MN (33), NY (107), OH (3), RI (1), SC (1), and WI (4). Exposures were reported in 5 states (Florida, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin).
Five (2%) people have been hospitalized. No deaths attributed to Cyclospora have been reported.
The FDA and regulatory officials in several states are collecting records to determine the source of the fresh basil that ill people ate in the five affected states. Product distribution information available at this time indicates that the fresh basil that made people sick was exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico. This traceback investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination. Additional illness clusters are currently under investigation to determine if they are linked to fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico.
Consumers should not eat fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico, until more is learned about this outbreak.
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