FDA says parasites in Del Monte vegetables causing explosive diarrhea throughout midwest

CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

Del Monte has recalled a number of vegetable trays in the last month, including the 6-, 12- and 28-ounce trays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 212 cases of cyclosporiasis, and seven were taken to the hospital.

Osterholm represents at least 115 people who ate from the fecally-contaminated trays.

'The Cyclospora parasite needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person, ' the FDA said. The two cases from MI reportedly purchased the vegetable tray in Wisconsin and therefore MI is not impacted from this outbreak.

The reports of infection seem to primarily be from the upper Midwestern region, including Minnesota, Iowa, and MI.

The earliest reported symptoms in this outbreak began on May 14 and those who are ill range in age from 13 to 79 years old. They were recalled June 8. The company is also recalling "small veggie trays" which are 28-ounces and were distributed in IL and Indiana.

The vegetable trays were recalled in June, but on Thursday the CDC confirmed 212 cases have cropped up so far. Because of the expiration date, these likely no longer are in consumers' possession, but in case you still have them, you're encouraged to throw them away.

The broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip trays were also sold in Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin before they were pulled from both Kwik Trip and Kwik Star shelves.

The FDA has not identified which of the ingredients it believes to be the cause of this outbreak, and each component of these vegetable trays is under consideration.

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

Cyclospora cayetanensis, the CDC noted, is a "single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis".

The time between becoming infected and becoming sick is usually about 1 week.

The symptoms associated with cyclosporiasis are watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue.

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