Three Minnesota restaurants are part of a Cyclospora outbreak linked to imported basil from Mexico that has sickened 35 people. Twenty-six illnesses are associated with City Market in Rochester, four illnesses are associated with Outback Steakhouse in Hermantown, and five illnesses are associated with meals catered by Duluth Grill.
Minnesota is among 11 states that have been affected by the contaminated basil and one of four that has illnesses associated with restaurant meals. In fact, all of the state’s 35 lab-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis are associated with food from those three restaurants, according to the health department.
Other states reporting illnesses in this outbreak are: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Cyclospora, a parasite native to sub-tropical climates. People get Cyclospora infections when they eat food that is contaminated with fecal matter containing the parasite.
Cyclosporiasis s often associated with travel to developing countries. But, increasingly, summertime outbreaks are being linked to imported produce. And some of them involved restaurants. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, can persist for months if untreated. They include diarrhea that is often explosive, abdominal cramps, nausea, headache, fatigue, weight loss and other flu-like symptoms.
Within the last 12 months, three multi-state Cyclospora outbreaks were linked to contaminated produce including salads sold at McDonald’s, Del Monte veggie trays sold at Kwik Trip stores and meals served at Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in Jacksonville, FL.
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