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CDC: As many as 664 with Cyclospora in 24 States – Update

Texas count actually 305

41 Hospitalized

Taylor Farms identified as source in only Iowa and Nebraska illnesses

A total of 641 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported from 24 states and New York City. The number of cases identified in each area is as follows: Texas (282), Iowa (156), Nebraska (86), Florida (32)¶, Wisconsin (16), Illinois (11)†, Arkansas (10)†, Georgia (5), Missouri (5)†, New York City (5)†, Kansas (4)‡, Louisiana (3)‡, Connecticut (2), Michigan (1)†, Minnesota (2), New Jersey (4)†, New York (2)†, Ohio (2), Virginia (3), California (1)†, New Hampshire (1), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (1), and Wyoming (1)†.

  • † Includes one case that may have been acquired out of state.
  • ‡ Includes two cases that may have been out of state.
  • ¶ May include one travel-associated case.

Public health officials in Iowa and Nebraska performed investigations within their states and concluded that restaurant-associated cases of Cyclospora infection in their states were linked to a salad mix produced by Taylor Farms de Mexico.

On August 12, 2013, Taylor Farms de Mexico informed FDA that the company had voluntarily suspended production and shipment of any salad mix, leafy green, or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States.

On August 25, 2013, Taylor Farms de Mexico, with FDA concurrence, resumed production and shipment of salad mix, leafy greens, and salad mix components to the United States.

Currently, CDC is collaborating with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and local public health departments to investigate cases of cyclosporiasis reported among people in Texas.

The preliminary analysis of results from an investigation into a cluster of cases that ate at a Texas restaurant does not show a connection to Taylor Farms de Mexico

A total of 305 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported in Texas in 2013 with the vast majority having onsets in June and July. Most Texas cases are reported from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. DSHS is investigating the cases to identify possible common exposures and to determine whether they are linked to an outbreak in other states.