Cyclosporiasis, 2018: DCN - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Cyclosporiasis, 2018

There were 156 cyclosporiasis cases reported in 2018 (2.80 per 100,000 population). This is markedly higher than the number of cases reported from 2008 to 2017 (range, 0 to 23 per year). In 2018, 44% of cases occurred in people who resided in the metropolitan area.

The median age of cases was 41 years (range, 13 to 88 years). Fifty-three percent were female. Three percent were hospitalized; the median length of hospitalization was 3 days (range, 2 to 8 days). Ninety percent of cases occurred during May through July. Of the 53 non-outbreak cases for whom data were available, 11 (20.1%) reported travel outside the United States during the 2 weeks prior to illness onset.

Four confirmed foodborne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis were identified in 2018, accounting for 100 laboratoryconfirmed cases. A multi-state outbreak associated with vegetable trays purchased at convenience stores resulted in 62 Minnesota cases (all laboratory-confirmed). An outbreak associated with cilantro consumption at two independent restaurants in Hennepin County resulted in 73 cases (19 laboratory-confirmed). An outbreak associated with basil consumption at a restaurant in Ramsey County resulted in 16 cases (8 laboratory-confirmed). A multistate outbreak associated with salads at a fast food restaurant resulted in 11 Minnesota cases (all laboratoryconfirmed).

Updated Monday, 16-Sep-2019 08:24:09 CDT