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1996 Canadian and Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Linked to Guatemalan Raspberries

In May and June, laboratory confirmed cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis were reported in persons residing in the United States and Ontario,Canada. Eventually cases were found in twenty U.S. states and the District of Columbia and in the Canadian Provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The investigations implicated the consumption of raspberries as a risk factor for illness. Traceback investigations indicated that the raspberries originated from Guatemala.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 1996
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas
  • Organism(s):
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit, Raspberries
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Retail, Restaurants
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 1465
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 978
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 487
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 22
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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