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CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

09 July 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it's partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local agencies to examine 212 confirmed cases of parasite-borne cyclosporiasis. They were recalled June 8.

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.

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.

The outbreak is linked to Del Monte 6-, 12- and 28-ounce plastic clamshell vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip. Those resulted in seven hospitalizations but no deaths.

The FDA also noted that not everyone who is infected with cyclosporiasis will experiences any of these symptoms.

Those affected have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite.

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The sick people are spread across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. However, illnesses that began after May 24 might not have been reported yet because of the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported, according to the CDC.

Most people infected with Cyclospora develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements.

'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'. Other symptoms may include vomiting, body aches, headache, fever and other flu-like symptoms. Without treatment, the infection can last from as little as a few days to more than a month.

They were recalled on June 15, 2018, for trays with a "Best if used by" date of June 17. "The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak", said the FDA.

These symptoms may not necessarily persist the entire time a person remains infected with cyclosporiasis, and may seem to go away and then return one or more times, as a patient may relapse. FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing.

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest