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More than 200 sickened in Del Monte vegetable outbreak

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest CDC recalls Del Monte vegetable trays
Gustavo Carr | 10 July, 2018, 05:44

There have been illnesses reported in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota. Two cases were from vegetables bought in another state but consumed in MI.

The recall on vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip and other location on June 15 has impacted consumers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have not provided data on the number of outbreaks associated with the 28-ounce products.

The parasite that causes this intestinal illness was found in 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip sold to select retailers in the above-mentioned states, as well as in IL and Indiana. As many as 54 cases have also been reported in Minnesota, along with a handful in Iowa and MI.

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A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states. Recalls were issued in June for those four states as well as IL and Indiana.

Del Monte-branded fresh vegetables have been linked to a parasite that has sickened more than 200 people in the Midwest. If you have any of the vegetable trays in your home do not eat them and throw them away.

Those affected have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite. "FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing", according to the FDA's update this week. Symptoms include frequent diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain or cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.