Foodborne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in Texas and Illinois, February 2004
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Foodborne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in Texas and Illinois, February 2004

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    Monday, May 24, 2004, 08:57 EDT (8:57 AM EDT)


    Public health officials at the local, state, and federal levels continue to investigate clusters of cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis infection (cyclosporiasis) associated with events held in Texas and Illinois in February 2004. Approximately 95 cases of cyclosporiasis have been identified among attendees of the events (36 laboratory confirmed cases and 59 clinically defined or probable cases). Analysis of epidemiologic data continues, and traceback investigations of potentially involved food items have been initiated by the Food and Drug Administration (see FDA press release, May 21, 2004). It is not yet known whether the same item(s) caused the outbreaks in Texas and Illinois and whether these outbreaks are linked. Most importantly, despite heightened surveillance for cases of cyclosporiasis throughout the United States during the last few months, no clusters of cases besides those in Texas and Illinois have been identified. This could suggest that transmission of infection from the food item(s) that caused these outbreaks may no longer be occurring.

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