People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

Seven of these people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. But the number of infections has grown since then, and the CDC is warning that more cases could still be reported, because the cyclosporiasis infection has a delayed onset for symptoms of roughly one week and can last for weeks. A week earlier the CDC's count was 185 cases.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states.

Del Monte has recalled 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip with a "Best If Enjoyed By" date of June 17, 2018.

This week's CDC update showed slightly stronger wording. Two cases were from vegetables bought in another state but consumed in MI.

There have been illnesses reported in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota.

People who got illness range from ages 13 to 79 years old. They were recalled June 8. On June 15 Del Monte recalled 28-ounce trays. However, anyone who purchased these trays before the recall should immediately throw them away and clean and disinfect anything they came into contact with. A recall was issued on 15 June 2018 for trays with a "Best if used by" date of 17 June which were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and MI.

The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation. FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by Cyclospora cayetanensis, a single-celled protozoa most commonly transmitted on produce contaminated with human fecal matter, particularly from tropical or subtropical regions where the parasite is native.

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