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2010 Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis at a Fundraising Event, Ontario, Canada

An outbreak of Cyclosporiasis occurred among people who attended a fundraiser for the Big Sisters' organization in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. All who became ill had eaten the Cool Pesto Crunch, an appetizer that contained fresh basil. The appetizer was provided to the event by Boston Not Chicago Catering Co. On two other separate occasions, others became ill after eating the appetizer. No food handling issues were observed on inspection of the catering facility. As of June 23, no food ingredient was confirmed as the cause of the outbreak, but previous outbreaks of cyclospora have been attributed to eating fresh basil. A traceback of the ingredients was initiated.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2010
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Herbs, Basil, Cool Pesto Crunch
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Fundraising Event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 210
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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