Iowa health officials have linked bagged salad to the cyclospora outbreak in 16 states. 372 cases have been reported to the CDC so far. According to United Press International on July 31, 2013, the Iowa Department of Health has declined to name the manufacturer of the salad product.
“About 80 percent of the Iowa cases were exposed to the mix, which includes iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage.”
The possibility that bagged salad could be the cause for cyclosporiasis is compelling. This particular stomach bug going around is usually found in the subtropics, yet not one person infected has travelled to that part of the world. This infection is intestinal and has symptoms of diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and fatigue. This pathogen has been attributed to contaminated produce in the past.
Before the bagged salad connection was made, as recently as last week the CDC had documented 250 cases of cyclosporiasis. The outbreak was limited to only eight states at the time. The CDC has yet to name the source of the outbreak. So far 10 people have gone to the hospital for this ailment
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