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Cyclospora outbreak expands to 19 states, Taylor Farms de Mexico suspends production of salad mix

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported as of Tuesday, the multistate cyclospora outbreak has risen to 548 cases in 19 states.

California, New Hampshire and Virginia are now reporting cases of the parasitic disease, adding to the previously reported states of Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York (including New York City), Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

At least 34 persons reportedly have been hospitalized due to cyclospora infection.

On Monday, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Taylor Farms de Mexico, the company whose salad mix has been linked to the Iowa and Nebraska outbreaks, informed the agency they voluntarily suspended production and shipment of any salad mix, leafy green, or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States.

The firm has committed to not resume production and shipping of these products from its operations in Mexico without FDA’s approval.

The CDC says it is not yet clear whether the cases from all of the states are part of the same outbreak.

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Cyclospora outbreak map 8-13-13

Cyclospora outbreak map 8-13-13

 

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