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CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

10 July 2018

Health officials have reported 212 cases linked with recalled Del Monte 6 oz. and 12 oz. vegetable trays in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and MI.

As of Thursday, July 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 212 cases of laboratory-confirmed cyclosporiasis in four states from the 6- and 12-ounce products, including cases in MI.

A recall was also issued in mid-June for the Del Monte trays, which included baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and dill dip, and were labeled for sale by Jun 17.

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Symptoms from this outbreak were first reported on May 14, and the ages of victims range from 13 to 79 years of age, according to CNN.

On June 8, Del Monte recalled 6-ounce and 12-ounce vegetable trays from retail locations.

Osterholm said he suspected the actual number of cases was much higher than the 212 confirmed so far by health officials. As many as 54 cases have also been reported in Minnesota, along with a handful in Iowa and MI. Recalls were issued in June for those four states as well as IL and Indiana.

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The CDC urges consumers to not eat the recalled vegetable trays, and instead, they should throw them away.

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.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available. Specific lab tests are required to diagnose the infection, which has symptoms that can be confused with other illnesses.

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What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis? Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also occur.

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest