Cases of Cyclospora in Massachusetts and across the country increase

Since May 1, 2019, there have been more than 100 reports of Cyclospora infection cases in Massachusetts, when, over the past three years, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has received between 18 and 33 reported cases. Most cases this year have occurred in greater Boston area, but infections have been reported in residents across the Commonwealth.  Other states have also reported increases in the number of cyclosporiasis cases; the cause of the outbreak is not yet known. In the past, most cases of cyclosporiasis were associated with travel abroad. However, this year only a small number of the recent Massachusetts cases have been tied to international travel. Historically, outbreaks of this illness in the US and Canada have been linked to imported fresh produce including Guatemalan raspberries and snow peas (2000 and 2004); Thai basil (2001); Mexican bagged salad mix (2013); and prepackaged commercial fresh vegetable trays (2018).  DPH is working with local Boards of Health, other states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to trace the cause of the outbreak. @

100+ reports of Cyclospora in Massachusetts

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging residents to practice safe food handling practices following an increase in reported infections of Cyclospora, a foodborne ill…

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