Food Outbreak Scan for Jul 25, 2013

More Cyclospora cases, states
Hepatitis outbreak grows

Ohio, Minnesota report Cyclospora cases; total grows to 285

Two more states—Minnesota and Ohio—have each reported one Cyclospora infection, raising the number of affected states to 11 and the nation's total to 285 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in an update.

It's not clear if all of the infectious are part of the outbreak first reported by Iowa and Nebraska earlier this month. Those two states and Texas have reported the vast majority of cases.

So far no specific food has been implicated in the outbreak, though Iowa officials suspect a fresh vegetable source. Past outbreaks have been linked to imported fruits or vegetables.

Some of the states reporting just a few cases have said their cases were likely acquired in other states linked to the outbreak or from overseas travel. So far Iowa is the hardest hit state, reporting 138 of the cases.
Jul 25 CDC outbreak update


Hepatitis outbreak linked to pomegranate seeds grows to 153 cases

A total of 153 people have now been sickened in a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A tied to a frozen berry mix containing pomegranate seeds from Turkey, the CDC said today. The total is 4 more cases than a week ago.

Patients' ages range from 1 to 84 years, but 86 (57%) are between 40 and 64. Sixty-six patients have been hospitalized, but none have died, the CDC said.

The latest illness onset in the outbreak was Jul 9. The affected states, with case numbers, are California, 75; Colorado, 27; Arizona, 22; New Mexico, 9; Hawaii, 8; Nevada, 6; Utah, 3; and Wisconsin, 2. The Wisconsin cases resulted from product exposure in California, and the New Hampshire case-patients reported fruit exposure after traveling to Nevada, the CDC said.

All patients in the outbreak reported eating Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend bought at Costco stores, though the same product was sold at Harris Teeter stores. Investigators said the most likely source of contamination was pomegranate seeds from Goknur Foodstuffs of Turkey.
Jul 25 CDC update

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