People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

As of Thursday, July 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 212 cases of laboratory-confirmed cyclosporiasis in four states from the 6- and 12-ounce products, including cases in MI.

The CDC urges consumers to not eat the recalled vegetable trays, and instead, they should throw them away.

The CDC is recalling a Del Monte vegetable tray sold at Kwik Trip and Kwik Star locations after there have been 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in people from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and MI.

Lab tests have confirmed more than two dozen additional people who ate items from Del Monte pre-cut vegetable trays are infected with Cyclospora parasites.

On June 8, Del Monte recalled 6-ounce and 12-ounce vegetable trays from retail locations. The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak.

The agencies said seven people have been hospitalized for the illness. According to the Food and Drug Administration, symptoms of cyclosporiasis include severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. The parasite can take days or weeks to pass through humans, so consumers may only recently be experiencing the illness.

The first person known to be infected became sick on May 14. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states.

'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer. The recalled products, which affected people in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin as of Thursday, have a "Best If Enjoyed By" date of June 17, 2018.

The FDA has not identified which of the ingredients it believes to be the cause of this outbreak, and each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration. The FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays, as well, in its ongoing investigation.

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