Food Outbreak Scan for Aug 22, 2013

Cyclospora update
New case of cheese-linked Listeria

At least 3 more patients affected by Cyclospora

Three more cases of cyclosporiasis have been added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) official outbreak count as of today, putting it at 601. Texas, the state with the most cases, accounts for 250 cases in CDC's current count, but the state's own count lists 274 cases, 5 more than yesterday. With those additional 24 cases, the national count would stand at 625.

The new cases include two in New York City and one in New Jersey, with the latter noted to potentially have been acquired out of state.

The number of states affected, 22, is unchanged, as is the number of hospitalizations (40, or 9%, based on 465 cases). The majority of the Texas cases have been in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Aug 22 CDC update
Aug 22 Texas update

New case of cheese-linked listeriosis

Six people in five states have been infected in an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to cheese from Crave Brothers Farmstead of Waterloo, Wis., according to an update today from the CDC. This includes 1 new case in Texas since the CDC's previous report in July..

Other states with cases are Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio with one each and Minnesota with two. All patients have needed hospitalization, and one of the Minnesota patients died. The illness resulted in miscarriage in a pregnant patient as well.

The cheese company voluntarily recalled Les Freres, Petit Frere, and Petit Frere with Truffles, the cheeses thought to be the source, on Jul 3. The cheeses were distributed through retail stores and foodservices as well as by mail nationwide.
Aug 22 CDC update
Jul 5 CIDRAP News scan on the outbreak

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