Thursday, August 6, 2015
Hundreds Infected in the U.S. caused by Contaminated Cilantro
More than 380 people in the United States have gotten sick with a stomach illness tied to Mexican cilantro contaminated by human waste, according to US Food and Drug Administration.
This is the 4th straight summer in which the intestinal infection cyclosporiasis has been reported in the US. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating the cause of the latest outbreak, which believe to have started after May 1.
According to FDA, they believe that the contaminated cilantro has parasite shed from the intestinal tract of humans in the growing fields, contaminated water or harvesting, processing and packing activities. It causes diarrhea, nausea and fatigue which can last several weeks to a month or more if untreated.
They have traced the cilantro which comes from Puebla, Mexico.