Published on August 5th, 2015 |


Source of Buckhead parasite illnesses found to be Mexican cilantro

Federal health officials have identified Mexican cilantro contaminated by human waste and offered in some area restaurants as the source of the parasite which recently sickened over 100 Buckhead and metro Atlanta residents.

The cilantro was contaminated with the cyclospora parasite. The outbreak of the parasitic infection isn’t limited to Georgia; some 380 people in 26 states have reportedly fallen ill due to tainted cilantro from Mexico’s Puebla state, according to a report by Al Jazeera America.

Similar outbreaks of cyclosporiasis, the illness caused by the cyclospora parasite, were traced to Puebla state in 2012, 13, and 14. The FDA instituted a partial ban on the import of cilantro from Puebla state on July 27, Al Jazeera America says.

The CDC says that cyclosporiasis is marked by 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. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted.

Although it sounds like a serious illness, doctors told 11 Alive News that cyclosporiasis isn’t life-threatening. Still, anyone who feels they may have contracted the parasite is urged to visit a doctor for a professional diagnosis and course of treatment.

According to the CDC, the treatment for cyclosporiasis includes fluids, rest, and antibiotics such as Bactrim, Septra, or Cotrim.

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2 Responses to Source of Buckhead parasite illnesses found to be Mexican cilantro

  1. Jim says:

    “The contaminated Mexican”???

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