Texas Stomach Bug Linked to Mexican Cilantro

Herb was mostly used in Mexican restaurants

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A bunch of cilantro, also known as coriander.

Cases in Texas of the same severe stomach bug that made hundreds sick across the U.S. last summer have been traced back to cilantro from Mexico, authorities said Wednesday. The herb came from the state of Puebla and was sold at Mexican restaurants as well as one grocery store, according to the Associated Press.

More than 640 people in 25 states fell ill during two outbreaks of cyclospora last summer. In Iowa and Nebraska, the sickness was linked to salad mix but it’s still unclear what caused the outbreaks in other states. The Food and Drug Administration has stepped up surveillance on cilantro coming into the U.S. from Mexico, it said.