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ADDISON (CBSDFW.COM) - A woman claiming she was infected by cyclospora, a rare type of parasite that causes symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss and nausea, is taking legal action.

Suzanne Matteis, who lives in Addison, is filing a lawsuit against Darden Restaurants — the parent company for Olive Garden. Matteis’ attorney said she fell ill in July after eating at Olive Garden and tested positive for the parasite.

Federal health officials are zeroing in on the source of at least some of the cyclospora infections that have sickened more than 400 people in 16 states.

The Food and Drug Administration says the outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states. The salad mix was supplied by a Mexican farm.

A Darden spokesman said the FDA’s announcement is “new information” and that there have been no previous problems with the supplier — Taylor Farms de Mexico. It’s the Mexican branch of Taylor Farms of Salinas, Calif.

The FDA says its’ investigation has not implicated any package salad sold in grocery stores. It’s also not clear if there is a connection to illnesses in 14 other states.

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