A multi-state Cyclospora outbreak has been linked to Siga Logistics Basil from Mexico. At least 132 people in 11 states have been sickened, people in four states ate the contaminated product at restaurants. Four people have been hospitalized.
Consumers and restaurants who have purchased basil imported from Mexico should check recall information carefully. This product should not be eaten.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with state health departments on an investigation of the outbreak. The 11 states involved are: CT, FL, GA, IA, MA, MN, NY, OH, RI, SC and WI.
During interviews with health officials, case-patients filled out food histories and provided information about where they purchased the contaminated basil. The FDA then traced back the supplier of basil from various points of sale and determined that Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico was the exporter. The agency requested the company to issue a recall and Siga complied. This recall prompted Publix to recall Rock Garden organic basil.
Consumers and restaurants who recently have purchased basil should check product information carefully. The recalled product should not be eaten as Cyclospora can cause serious, long-lasting illness.
What is Cyclospora?
Cyclospora is a parasite native to sub-tropical climates. Food is contaminated when it contacts fecal matter containing the parasitic eggs. When that food is ingested it causes illness.
Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, include diarrhea that is often explosive, abdominal cramps, nausea, headache, fatigue, weight loss and other flu-like symptoms. Without treatment, these symptoms can last more than two months.
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