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2004 Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections Linked to Basil and Mesclun/Spring Mix Salad Products

The Food & Drug Administration issued an alert to consumers about two outbreak clusters of gastrointestinal illness caused by Cyclospora. The first cluster, consisting of at least 57 cases, occurred in Wheaton, Illinois. The second cluster of 38 cases, occurred later in the same month, in Irving, Texas. In both clusters, eating basil and mesclun lettuce at restaurants was linked to illness. The brand of basil and mesclun salad was not identified.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2004
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Illinois, Texas
  • Organism(s):
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Herb, Fresh Basil Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Mesclun Lettuce
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 95
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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