According to Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), there is a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora going on right now that has sickened at least 202 people in 19 states. Last year a huge Cyclospora outbreak sickened at least 621 people in 25 states. Some of those cases were never solved; one group was linked to produce imported from Mexico.
Texas cyclosporiasis cases have surged to 110, the state health department is reporting. This is the second straight year that Texas has experienced a cyclospora outbreak. Last year, 270 Texans were sickened by the rare parasite normally associated with travel to tropical or sub-tropical regions.
Many of the 2013 cases were linked to contaminated cilantro imported from Mexico. A food source for this year’s cases has not yet been identified.