(July 25, 2019) The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a Cyclospora outbreak in fresh basil exported from Mexico.
At the time of this article, the investigation is still ongoing. There have been 132 reported illnesses, and four hospitalizations. The CDC has analyzed reports that indicate the fresh basil is likely the cause of getting people sick.
The basil has been linked to exports fby Siga Logistics de RL de CV, of Morelos, Mexico. The FDA requested a voluntary recall and the company agreed. The agency is also increasing import screenings on basil.
Do not eat, serve, or buy any fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics. Basil can be found in pesto and fresh salads, so do not consume any products that may include fresh basil from Mexico.
Cyclospora is an intestinal, parasitic illness that causes cyclosporiasis. It’s usually transmitted when infected feces contaminate food or water. The Cyclospora parasite needs days and weeks after being passed in a bowel movement to cause infection for another person. It’s unlikely for it to be passed from person to person.
The incubation period of becoming sick is usually about one week. Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel). Some of the symptoms can reoccur and continue for months after it has passed.
Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis include:
- Watery diarrhea
- Explosive bowel movements
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach cramps/pain
- Increased gas
- Body aches
- Low-grade fever
Those who travel or live in countries where cyclosporiasis is common (such as tropical or subtropical regions) may be at risk of contracting the sickness.
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