SOUTH HAVEN, MI – In Southwest Michigan, an increase in cases of cyclosporiasis, a bowel disease caused by a microscopic parasite, is being investigated.
Since the end of June, eight cases of cyclosporiasis have been confirmed to be discharged from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. At least 14 more cases are being investigated. Those affected by the parasite report that they have been dining in southwestern Michigan since mid-June.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people may be infected by eating food or water contaminated with the parasite. About 1
"We ask anyone who has symptoms such as watery diarrhea and stomach cramps and has recently eaten at the restaurant. Consult your doctor, as this disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics," said MDHHS Chief Medical Officer. Joneigh Khaldun in a statement.
Information Collected in Interviews Indicates Food Exposure at South Taste's Taste Restaurant There is no indication that the disease is due to improper handling or food preparation by the restaurant itself Press release.
There is no indication that the restaurant's Taste has done anything wrong, MDHHS spokesman Bob Wheaton. It could only have been food distributed to them by the merchant, Wheaton said. In this case, the restaurant could not have done anything. Previous reports of the disease have been linked to fresh products, Wheaton said.
"Cyclospora contamination often occurs before food arrives at food distribution centers and restaurants," said Tim Slawinski, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Michigan, Food and Dairy Department Head, in a statement. "This type of contamination is not easily removed by flushing standard products." After learning about the contamination, all products of this supplier were immediately thrown away, said owner Heidi Gesiakowski.
"This is the first time in 6 years that we have experienced such a situation, and we are very sorry," the statement said. "We are committed to the highest quality food safety standards and provide our customers with an outstanding dining experience."
According to the CDC, routine chemical disinfection and disinfection methods are unlikely to kill the parasite. According to the latest CDC data, no vehicle of interest has been identified.
Other public health officials are monitoring an increase in cases across the state and across the country, the press release said. The MDHHS, MDARD and the Van Buren / Cass district health department will continue to investigate every case, the press release said.