Cyclospora cases exceed 230; source still unknown

Saturday, July 20, 2013
By Paul Martin

Robert Roos
CIDRAP News
Jul 19, 2013

The tally of Cyclospora infections in the Midwest and Texas reached at least 235 today, an increase of more than 50 in the past 2 days, but the source of contamination and whether the two regional outbreaks are related remained a mystery.

Iowa, the hardest-hit state, reported 109 cases today, 22 more than it had 2 days ago, while Nebraska cited 63 cases, which includes 9 in the past 2 days. Iowa has had at least six hospitalizations, and Nebraska has had three, but no state has reported any deaths.

The Texas case tally rose to 56 today, from 48 yesterday, said Christine Mann, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). She said the 56 cases reported within the past week represent the state’s total so far this year.

“It is too soon to tell if any of the cases are connected to a multistate outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa, but we are looking into it,” Mann said.

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