Source Of Bug That Sickened Some In Texas Identified

WASHINGTON (October 23, 2013) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the culprit in a severe stomach outbreak last summer that sickened some in Texas was Mexican cilantro.

The CDC said Wednesday that the cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, was served at "Mexican-style" restaurants and sold in a single grocery store.

The CDC did not identify the Mexican producer, the restaurants or grocery store.

All told, 278 people in Texas were sickened by cyclospora, but not all of those illnesses were traced back to the cilantro.

There were two separate cyclospora outbreaks last summer that sickened a total of 643 people in 25 states.

The other outbreak was linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska.

The CDC said the outbreaks are finished and the products are out of stores.


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