A bagged salad mix may be a possible cause of the dangerous stomach bug that has affected hundreds of people across 16 states this July 2013, UPI reported this Wednesday, July 31. The outbreak of the bug, known as a cyclospora infection, is connected to fecal material being ingested, and a prepackaged salad mix (the FDA has not cited a particular manufacturer or brand yet) may be to blame.
The bagged salad culprit was first thought to be possibly connected to the serious stomach bug outbreak across several states after health officials found trace evidence of fecal material in part of the food earlier this month.
Over 140 cases of the potent stomach bug were found in the state of Iowa alone, when the CDC initially became aware of the infection. Hundreds of other people were infection in Illinois, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and other states, as of July 29. Just weeks ago, officials were stumped as to the “mystery” cause of the illness.
Now, according to the Iowa Health Department, a prepackaged bagged salad could be the cause or potential source of the stomach bug. Over 80% of those who were infected admitted to having eaten of the particular salad mix, including red cabbage, romaine and iceberg lettuce, and carrots.
State health officials have since taken the particular bagged salad mix out of the supply chain, and are now investigating if other infected victims also ate of the tainted salad.
“FDA will continue to work with its federal, state and local partners in the investigation to determine whether this conclusion applies to the increased number of cases of cyclosporiasis in other states,” the agency said in a statement. “The goal will be to combine information collected from other affected states with that provided by the state health authorities in Iowa to identify a specific food item linked to the illnesses.”
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