Food illness sickens some Georgia Aquarium guests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday, September 30, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) -- State health officials say they're investigating the cause of an illness that sickened more than 100 guests and staff members at the Georgia Aquarium.

Georgia Division of Epidemiology officials tell WSB-TV ( that Cyclospora made the people sick. The Centers for Disease Control says it's a parasite which causes an intestinal infection.

Guests at three catered events at the aquarium in late July had week-long bouts of diarrhea a few days later.

Health officials haven't determined the source of the breakout, but said they're investigating salad mix, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes since those items were served at all three events.

Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster said his firm, which prepares food at aquarium events, is awaiting reports from health officials. He said the company adheres to the highest safety standards.

(Copyright 2011. Associated Press)

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