Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Imported, Fresh Produce Suspected as Cyclospora Sickens 51 in Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Imported, Fresh Produce Suspected as Cyclospora Sickens 51 in Canada

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Cyclospora sickens 51 people in Canada

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Public health officials in four provinces are trying to track an outbreak of the intestinal illness cyclosporiasis.

A total of 51 cases of locally-acquired Cyclospora have been reported across Canada since May, with 44 in Ontario, four in Quebec, two in Alberta and one in British Columbia.

A source of the outbreak has not been identified but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and health officials say they are eyeing imported fresh produce.

Previous outbreaks have been linked to imported fresh, pre-packaged salad mixes, basil, cilantro, raspberries, blackberries, mesclun lettuce and peas.

The Cyclospora parasite is common in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, India and Southeast Asia.

It is passed in human feces and spread through contaminated food or water, and can cause everything from diarrhea and abdominal bloating to mild fever, nausea and weight loss. …

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