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New outbreak of Cyclospora infection added to FDA's list of investigations

Federal officials are investigating a new outbreak of Cyclospora infection, but little information is available.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that it had begun tracking work related to the outbreak, but the agency did not disclose what food or food was being tracked. As of August 3, there have been 6 confirmed patients in the epidemic. The FDA did not release the patient’s age range or residency status.

In another Cyclospora outbreak, the number of patients increased to 60 from 51 a week earlier. The FDA has begun sample collection and analysis, but has not yet reported which foods, foods, or locations were included in these activities.

L(+) tartrate+ ended, no source of pathogen identified. At least 14 people fell ill in the outbreak. The FDA did not report the age of the patients or their residency status.

In an ongoing investigation into another outbreak, the FDA reports that the number of patients infected with Salmonella Braenderup has increased to 74 compared to the previous one. 70 a week ago. The agency has begun tracing efforts, but has yet to say what is being traced.

FDA has concluded investigation of an outbreak of infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes. Investigators were unable to determine the pathogen’s food source. At least 12 people fell ill in the outbreak. The FDA did not report the patient’s age or place of residence.

Other ongoing FDA outbreak investigations as of August 4 include:

  • an investigation with Daily Harvest brand frozen leeks and Investigation of adverse effects associated with lentil crumbs. The company has received more than 470 complaints of the disease, and as of July 29, the FDA had received 329 complaints. Some patients developed liver failure and at least 25 had to have their gallbladder removed. FDA is working on traceability and has begun on-site inspections and product testing.
  • An outbreak of hepatitis A infection traced to fresh strawberries has sickened at least 19 people, 13 of whom were hospitalized. The potentially contaminated strawberries were imported from Baja California in northern Mexico and sold nationwide under the FreshKampo and HEB brands. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to investigate the outbreak. There have also been reports of sick patients in Canada.
  • “Adverse events” occurred in 558 patients who consumed Lucky Charm cereal. The investigation is ongoing, and the FDA is conducting on-site inspections and testing.
  • An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection was traced to Big Olaf ice cream produced in Florida. A total of 25 confirmed patients were reported, including 1 death and 1 fetal loss. The patients were spread across 11 states, and many reportedly traveled to Florida before becoming ill. Tests have shown the presence of Listeria in 16 of the manufacturing plants and 17 flavors of Big Olaf ice cream. The company has been shut down by the state until further notice.
  • Four infants infected with Cronobacter and one died. The CDC has determined the outbreak is over, but is still investigating. The babies were fed infant formula produced at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility.
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