- 641 people have been infected with Cyclospora across 11 US states.
- Cyclospora infection is linked with the consumption of raw vegetables and fruits contaminated with human faeces.
- The FDA is urging people to not eat bagged salads until the source of the products have been investigated.
More than 640 people across 11 US states have been infected with Cyclospora, an infection linked with food products.
Of the infected people, 37 are hospitalized, the Food and Drug Administration stated. No deaths have occurred as of yet.
“Investigators continue to look into whether other retail brands may be impacted,” it further said.
What is Cyclospora?
Cyclospora is an infection of the bowel, caused by a tiny parasite called Cyclospora Cayetanensis. This infection is usually caught from eating raw vegetables or food contaminated by human faeces. Diarrhoea is the most common symptom of Cyclospora. Symptoms generally appear after a week of getting infected by the parasite.
The outbreak has been potentially linked with bagged salad products. The bagged salads contained iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrots. It includes products made by Fresh Express for retail store brands sold at ALDI, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, ShopRite and Walmart, according to the FDA.
The cases were reported in 11 states. These are Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
These products may either be branded with Fresh Express label, or they may include retail store brands. The brands include ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry and Walmart Marketside.
The recalled products have been sold in more than 30 states including Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Cyclospora doesn’t have a DNA-fingerprint technology that can trace where the products come from. The epidemiologic investigation helped determine that the products were sold in many stores, the FDA stated.
Therefore, the federal officials are urging people to refrain from eating the salads until they are able to figure out where the products have originated.
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