The Huffington Post reported on July 31, 2013 that the massive stomach bug that hit several states since June, and made hundreds sick is still being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believe that pre-packed salads are the cause of this massive outbreak.
When you think of salads your first thought is healthy, good for you and loaded with vitamins.
The fact that you could get sick from eating salads doesn’t even cross one’s mind.
However, that is exactly what has happened, according to NBC News Iowa and Nebraska said on Tuesday that mixed salad may be the cause of the cyclosporiasis.
The health officials in both states say “that the evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak.
Steven Mandernach who is the chief of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections of Appeals informed news outlets of what they believe to be the cause of the outbreak.
Thus far, there have been 140 cases reported with Iowa having the highest reported number.
Texas has reported 101 cases, and Nebraska 78 cases these numbers are not final as those affected are still reporting cases.
Iowa’s Department of Public Health said at least 80 percent of the state’s case that has been reported was exposed to the same salad mix.
It’s been reported from health officials that the salad mixture brand and the manufacturer have not been named.
However, the distribution of the salads in Iowa have been halted to prevent anyone else from being sick.
The FDA has ensured consumers that they will continue to have an ongoing investigation on this massive outbreak.
“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.”
In a statement, the agency said, “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.”
On Tuesday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 370 cases cyclospora from 16 states.
It has been reported that 21 people have already been hospitalized.
CBS News says the stomach bug is the parasite cyclospora, which is linked to contaminated food and water.
The symptoms of cyclospora infection are diarrhea, cramping, bloating, nausea and fatigue.
Iowa health officials said that the diarrhea can last up to 57 days.