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Contaminated basil.

Contaminated fresh basil was the cause of nearly 300 recent cases of cyclosporiasis in Florida, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA is conducting a trace-back investigation to locate the source of the basil. The Florida Department of Health reported 293 laboratory-confirmed cases in 32 Florida counties, including several clusters and numerous sporadic cases.

The gastrointestinal infection results from ingestion of the Cyclospora parasite and is associated with watery diarrhea and frequent, explosive bowel movements. Loss of appetite, substantial weight loss, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, low-grade fever, and fatigue can also occur, usually within a week of consuming the contaminated food. The symptoms can last for a month or more if untreated.
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Author:Worcester, Sharon
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 15, 2005
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