On July 25, the FDA announced an investigation into a Cyclospora outbreak linked to imported fresh basil by Siga Logistics from Mexico. Siga
The FDA is recommending consumers not to buy, eat, or serve any fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics and not to consume or serve uncooked items such as pesto or salad that may contain basil from Mexico.
Cyclospora is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope.
Symptoms of Cyclospora include:
- Watery diarrhea
- Stomach cramps
- Loss of appetite
The number of reported cases of domestically acquired Cyclospora has increased from the previous month and remains elevated in the United States since May 1, 2019.
As of July 23, 2019, 580 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora were reported to CDC by 30 states, District of Columbia and New York City in people who became ill since May 1, 2019 and who had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset. At least 38 people were hospitalized; no deaths were reported.
Cyclospora: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Cyclospora outbreaks. The Cyclospora Attorneys and Lawyers have represented victims of Cyclospora and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.
If you or a family member became ill with a Cyclospora infection after consuming food and you are interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Cyclospora attorneys for a free case evaluation.