HOUSTON, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Food Poisoning Lawyers at the law firms Heard Robins Cloud and the Merman Law Firm are now accepting inquiries regarding the recently publicized outbreak of Cyclosporiasis linked to tainted cilantro imported from Mexico and sold at Kroger, HEB and Walmart. The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration have identified more than 384 cases of Cyclosporiasis in 26 states; clusters of cases in Texas and Wisconsin are believed to be related to cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico.
Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. The parasite is commonly associated with human feces and is typically passed from feces to person on fresh produce, like cilantro.
Cilantro from Puebla has a history of association with Cyclosporiasis. The FDA and CDC report that cases of Cyclosporiasis have occurred annually for the past 3 years and several of those outbreaks have been linked to Puebla. Inspections of the fields from which the cilantro comes discovered human feces and toilet paper in the fields. The facilities for workers picking the cilantro likewise have been identified as a possible source of contamination – in many cases the workers do not have access to bathrooms, running water or means with which to clean their hands.
According to the FDA, the time between becoming infected and becoming sick is usually about one week. Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. People may also experience vomiting, body aches, headache, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse). It's common to feel very tired.
The Food Poisoning Lawyers at the law firms Heard Robins Cloud and the Merman Law Firm are now accepting inquiries for people diagnosed with Cyclosporiasis linked to tainted cilantro imported from Mexico and sold at Kroger, HEB and Walmart. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with Cyclosporiasis, you are encouraged to contact the Food Poisoning Lawyers for a free consultation.
SOURCE Heard Robins Cloud