Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest


There have been illnesses reported in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Multiple U.S. government agencies are investigating illnesses associated with hundreds of Del Monte vegetable trays sold in some states in the Midwest, officials said. Officials said two, in MI, came from vegetables bought in Wisconsin.

As of this week, 212 people have contracted cyclosporiasis after reportedly consuming Del Monte vegetable trays, the Centers for Disease Control announced.

They were recalled on June 15, 2018, for trays with a "Best if used by" date of June 17.

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Six, 12, and 28-ounce trays in clear packaging with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip have been recalled. Seven of those people have been hospitalized. Additionally, Del Monte is recalling "small veggie trays", which are 28oz and include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip that were distributed to IL and Indiana. "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.

Anyone who ate anything from any of the recalled vegetable and dip trays and developed symptoms of Cyclospora infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors abut the potential exposure to the parasite. The parasite can take days or weeks to pass through humans, so consumers may only recently be experiencing the illness.

What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis?

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states. According to the Food and Drug Administration, symptoms of cyclosporiasis include severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse).

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