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Cyclospora Outbreak Linked To Cilantro

384 people have reported illness in 26 states with cyclosporiasis—the disease caused by a single-cell parasite, cyclospora.

Cilantro was also implicated in a 2012 outbreak of cyclospora.

UPDATE August 13, 10:02am:

Updated numbers from the CDC this week — 457 confirmed cases of Cyclospora in 29 states. That’s an additional 73 people and two more states since last week’s report.


A cyclospora outbreak has sickened 384 across 26 states and halted imports of cilantro from the Mexican state of Puebla.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement that clusters of infections have shown up in Wisconsin, Texas and Georgia, and in both Wisconsin and Texas, cilantro is to blame.

Cilantro sourced from Puebla was blamed in a 2012 outbreak after human feces and toilet paper were found in growing fields.

The FDA is halting imports at the border to obtain inspections and certifications showing it’s clean.

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single-cell parasite that causes intestinal infection. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting and fever, and these symptoms can last for several weeks and come back.

Read More:

  • Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigations (CDC)
  • Feces-contaminated cilantro could be linked to up to 384 cases of cyclosporiasis (UPI)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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