Crudite Crisis: Parasite Found In Veggies Infects Over 200

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

CDC recalls Del Monte vegetable trays

Anyone who ate anything from any of the recalled vegetable and dip trays and developed symptoms of Cyclospora infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors abut the potential exposure to the parasite.

The reports of infection seem to primarily be from the upper Midwestern region, including Minnesota, Iowa, and MI. Two cases were from vegetables bought in another state but consumed in MI.

The vegetable trays were recalled in June, but on Thursday the CDC confirmed 212 cases have cropped up so far. Cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness, can lead to diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis?

Six, 12, and 28-ounce trays in clear packaging with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip have been recalled.

'The Cyclospora parasite needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person, ' the FDA said. Recalls were issued in June for those four states as well as IL and Indiana.

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The FDA also noted that not everyone who is infected with cyclosporiasis will experiences any of these symptoms.

'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'. If not treated, these symptoms may last up to a month or longer.

Businesses that reportedly sold the tainted veggies include Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, Food Max Supermarket and Peapod.

FDA has not identified which of the ingredients is the vehicle for this outbreak; each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration. However, anyone who purchased these trays before the recall should immediately throw them away and clean and disinfect anything they came into contact with.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

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