The FDA has issued a nationwide warning on fresh basil exported, sold and distributed in NY by Siga Logistics in Morelos, Mexico.

A voluntary recall has also been issued as the fresh basil has been linked to a Cyclosporisas, a parasite illness, reported in NY and other states. WKTV reports multiple cases in the capital region last month and this month.

The FDA warns you not to eat, buy or serve any fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics in Morelos, Mexico.

Bottom line: If you don't know where that basil came from, then DON'T EAT IT!!! 

To date, the FDA says there have been 132 reported cases with 4 hospitalizations in NY, CT, FL, GA, IA, MA, and MN. Restaurants exposures have been reported in NY,  FL, MN, and OH

Cyclospora is a parasite that is so small it can only be seen under a microscope and is generally transmitted when infected feces contaminate food or water. When you eat food or drink water that’s contaminated, you can get an intestinal illness called cyclosporiasis.

The time between becoming infected and becoming sick is usually about one week. Cyclospora infects the small intestine and often causes watery diarrhea. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. People may also experience vomiting, body aches, headache, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms.

Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse). It’s common to feel very tired.