Few details add little understanding about E. coli, Cyclospora outbreaks

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The FDA has initiated traceback efforts in an investigation of an E. coli outbreak and updated the patient toll in a Cyclospora outbreak.

The agency did not name a commodity in the traceback announcement related to the E. Coli outbreak. A checkmark in the traceback column on the Food and Drug Administration’s weekly outbreak table is the only information available to the public.

As of this past week the E. coli outbreak had sickened at least 15 people in multiple states.

In an unrelated Cyclospora outbreak, the FDA showed an increase in the patient count. It now stands at 62, up from 32 this past week. The patients are a subset of a larger nationwide outbreak of Cyclospora infections.

“This cluster represents a subset of the total number of domestically-acquired cases of cyclosporiasis cases in the U.S.,” according to the outbreak table, but no information about the total number of cases is provided.

FDA investigators have initiated product traceback efforts in the Cyclospora outbreak and have collected samples for testing, but the agency has not reported any other details. The FDA outbreak table does not include information about what foods or beverages are involved in outbreaks.

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