Fresh Basil Cyclospora Lawyer Update: Basil Imported from Mexico Linked to 205 Cases.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners announced on August 16, their ongoing investigation on the multistate cyclospora outbreak caused by fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV located in Morelos, Mexico.
The FDA announced an official recall of the fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV on July 24th, after the epidemiologic evidence and early product distribution information indicate that the fresh basil was the likely source of the outbreak. According to the CDC as of August 15, 205 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclospora have been reported from the 11 states affected by this cyclospora outbreak. No deaths have been reported as linked to the outbreak but 5 people have required hospitalization.
The FDA and CDC have announced they will continue their investigation on the multistate outbreak. The FDA and regulatory officials in several states are collecting records to determine the source of the fresh basil that ill people ate in the affected states. Additional illness clusters are currently under investigation to determine if they are linked to fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico.
Consumers who have fresh basil from Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico, in their homes are being advised, by the CDC, to abstain from eating it and to instead throw it away. If the consumer is unsure of where the fresh basil originated from they should throw it away as it may part of the contaminated basil. The FDA has advised to wash and sanitize places where fresh basil was stored countertops and refrigerator drawers.
The Cyclospora parasite requires time, sometimes days or even weeks, after being passed in a bowel movement to become contagious to other humans, which makes human to human direct infection difficult. Cyclospora infects the small intestine and usually causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, gut cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and tiredness. Vomiting, body aches, fever, headache, and other flu-like symptoms.
Ron Simon, a national cyclospora lawyer, noted “Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; healthcare professionals must report suspected and confirmed cases of disease to public health jurisdictions.”
For more information about the Basil Cyclospora Outbreak, or to speak to a Cyclospora lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.