Patient counts increase as FDA investigates E. coli, Cyclospora outbreak

– The FDA is investigating four ongoing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, specifically E. coli and Cyclospora infections.

– The E. coli outbreak is from an unknown source, with the patient count increasing from 11 to 12 in the past week.

– For the first Cyclospora outbreak, the case count has grown from 38 to 43 cases in the past week, and additional illnesses are included based on reported exposures.

– The second Cyclospora outbreak has seen an increase from 112 to 118 cases.

– Cyclospora parasites are often associated with various types of fresh produce, and washing products does not remove the parasite.

– The third Cyclospora outbreak has affected at least 210 people across 22 states, and the source of the parasite is yet to be determined.

– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been tracking the outbreaks since April 1.

– There may be more than 210 people affected by the ongoing outbreak due to the lag time between illness onset and confirmation testing.

– Cyclospora infection can cause severe abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, body aches, and fatigue, but it's rare for people to die from it.

Cyclospora is a type of protozoa transmitted when people ingest contaminated feces, typically through contaminated food or water

It can only be spread through human waste, unlike E. coli and salmonella, which can also be spread from animal fecal matter.