Fort Bend County Health & Human Services is working with the City of Rosenberg Health Department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to investigate local cases related to the nationwide outbreak of the food-borne illness caused by the parasite, Cyclospora. A local restaurant has stepped up and volunteered to assist the agencies in an investigation that will focus on original sources of the Cyclospora parasite. The investigation is focused on identifying food suppliers and distributors that may have provided contaminated food to various restaurants and grocery stores.
Over the next few days, CDC, DSHS and local health officials will be conducting detailed interviews in the community with individuals who became ill with Cyclospora as well as people who did not become ill. In this way, specific food items can be identified and traced back through the distribution system, the processing plants, and back to the source.
While the outbreak appears to be at an end, with no new illnesses after July 28th in this area, the health departments and state and national agencies are working to determine the source of infection to attempt to safeguard our food supplies. While illnesses are associated locally and nationally with many different restaurants and grocery stores, it is an important part of the investigation process to complete an in-depth investigation based in one restaurant. Fort Bend County Health & Human Services thanks the owner and workers at the local restaurant, our local partners, and the state and national health agencies for their cooperation and assistance in helping to determine the source of the outbreak.
For more information on Cyclospora, visit the CDC’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/. For questions related to the local investigations, contact Fort Bend County Health & Human Services at (281) 238-3551.