Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
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At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays

At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays

Those resulted in seven hospitalizations but no deaths. So far, 212 cases of the infection have been confirmed in multiple states. A week earlier the CDC's count was 185 cases. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms. The cases were reported in Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and IL.

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.

This week's CDC update showed slightly stronger wording. As many as 54 cases have also been reported in Minnesota, along with a handful in Iowa and MI. They range in age from 13 to 79 years old. The company is also recalling these veggie trays in the state of Wisconsin, as well as 28 oz. veggie trays which include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip, which were distributed to IL and Indiana.

The trays being recalled have a "best if used by" date of June 17. If you have any of the vegetable trays in your home do not eat them and throw them away.

The infected trays were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax and Peapod, the agency said.

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", according to the FDA's update this week.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by a microscopic parasite of humans, called Cyclospora cayetanensis, according to the FDA.

The symptoms associated with cyclosporiasis are watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches and flu-like symptoms can also occur.

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