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08/14/2013

''19 Cases of Cyclospora Illnesses Investigated in Wisconsin''

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Karen Herzog

"Nineteen confirmed cases of a food-borne illness caused by the Cyclospora parasite are being investigated in Wisconsin, and six of them may be linked to a national investigation of more than 500 illnesses and a bagged salad mix from Mexico, according to state public health officials."

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"Of the 19 confirmed cases, 14 are included in the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's state case count, while three are pending interviews and two are not included because of international travel, Justin Kohl, an epidemiologist for the state Division of Public Health, said..

Earlier this month, a Food and Drug Administration investigation traced illness clusters from Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Nebraska and Iowa to a salad mix from Taylor Farms de Mexico. To date, the salad mix has been implicated only in the Iowa and Nebraska outbreaks. The company's Mexico branch, however, announced this week that it would halt all production.

As of Aug. 9, 535 cases of Cyclospora infection had been reported in 18 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Thirty-two people have been hospitalized."

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