The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week that two major Cyclosporiasis outbreaks appear to be over.
First is the multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to Del Monte Fresh Produce Vegetable Trays which was first announced on June 15.
As of September 5, 2018, CDC was notified of 250 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection in people from 4 states who reported consuming pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip.
Eight people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
Epidemiologic evidence indicated that pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip were the likely vehicle of this outbreak.
Based on epidemiological data or traceback evidence, it was not possible to determine if an individual component of the vegetable trays was the likely vehicle of infection.
The investigation did not identify a single source or potential point of contamination for any of the items that comprised the recalled vegetable trays. The traceback investigation is complete.
Second is the multistate outbreak of Cyclosporiasis linked to Fresh Express Salad Mix sold at McDonald’s Restaurants which was first announced July 13.
As of September 11, 2018, CDC was notified of 511 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections in people from 15 states and New York City who reported consuming a variety of salads from McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest.
Twenty-four (24) people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicated that salads purchased from McDonald’s restaurants were one likely source of this outbreak.
On July 26, 2018, the FDA completed final analysis of an unused package of romaine lettuce and carrot mix distributed to McDonald’s by the Fresh Express processor in Streamwood, IL. The analysis confirmed the presence of Cyclospora in that sample.
The FDA investigation reviewed distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots but did not identify a single source or point of contamination for this outbreak.
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