Our lawyers are investigating an outbreak of cyclosporiasis food poisoning that has now grown to 202 people in 19 states. Attorney Ryan Osterholm is our lead lawyer for these cases. He is also representing people sickened in a 2013 cyclosporiasis outbreak (click here to view his video about the outbreak).
Compensation for Cyclosporiasis from Contaminated Food
Cyclosporiasis causes severe diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days. Having to miss that much work results in a significant loss of income and can result in job loss. People sickened in the outbreak can contact Ryan to find out if they can sue for compensation.
We suspect imported produce (possibly more than one kind) as the source of this outbreak. Some of the illnesses in the 2013 outbreak were linked to bagged salad mix, specifically the cilantro in that mix that was grown in Mexico. However, hundreds of cases were not linked to any food source.
It looks like at least one restaurant chain may be involved in the outbreak. Restaurants are liable (legally responsible) for illnesses cause by food they serve. This means that people whose cases are associated with eating at a restaurant can, in most cases, get compensation from the restaurant, even if a specific food source can't be determined.
The Outbreak is Growing Fast
Over 70 new cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported in just the last week. Most of the new cases are in Texas, which has been hit hard by this outbreak. The state now has 110 people sickened in the outbreak in several counties. The counties with the highest number of illnesses include Dallas (21 cases), Tarrant (11 cases), and Harris (8 cases).
States who previously reported illnesses include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas. Six more states reported cases in the last few days: Michigan, Minnesota, California, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Ohio.
Cyclosporiasis is caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, which is found in tropical and subtropical areas. Humans get sick by drinking water or eating food that is contaminated by feces. In the United States, cases are caused by eating imported produce or traveling to a tropical or subtropical country and eating contaminated produce or drinking contaminated water.
Cyclosporiasis symptoms begin 2 to 14 days after ingesting Cyclospora oocytes (contagious form of the parasite), and include extremely bad diarrhea that can last for months, anorexia, fatigue, weight loss, bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, and fever. If you experience these symptoms, please see your doctor. If you are diagnosed with a Cyclospora infection, contact our law firm for help.