In a report yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration it was stated that people are getting very sick, possibly from eating bagged salads. The culprit is a parasite called Cyclospora and it can make you sick for up to 57 days if untreated. Of the 16 states reporting an outbreak, Iowa and Nebraska specifically linked their outbreak to salad mix.
The FDA did not list any specific brands or ingredients, but according to LA Times(latimes.com) the Iowa Department of public health gave a description of the salad mix as being,
“The mix, whose brand or manufacturer have yet to be named, contains iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. Ingredients in the mix are not believed to be Iowa-grown. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the salad mix is no longer being sold in the state.”
A seven person team at the headquarters of the FDA along with persons in 10 filed offices have been given the task of solving the origin of this outbreak. Cyclospora can be found in food or water, making the task large. The states reporting the outbreak include Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. At this time, the FDA doesn’t know if all of these cases are related to the same food or water contamination, but are working diligently to solve the mystery of the outbreak.
Symptoms that may indicate you are infected with this parasite Cyclospora include watery diarrhea, low grade fever, fatigue, bloating, increased gas, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, loss of appetite and weight loss.
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