CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

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

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

The 212 cases have been reported in four states in the Midwest. All sizes had best-by dates of June 17 or earlier, so officials say there is little chance anyone still has any of the products.

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Symptoms of the cyclosporiasis include diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, according to the CDC.

The parasite that causes this intestinal illness was found in 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip sold to select retailers in the above-mentioned states, as well as in IL and Indiana.

The symptoms associated with cyclosporiasis are watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Other symptoms may include vomiting, body aches, headache, fever and other flu-like symptoms. On June 15 Del Monte recalled 28-ounce trays.

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The first person known to be infected became sick on May 14.

'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'. They were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a prior update. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer.

The FDA has not yet identified ingredients linked to the outbreak, saying only that each component is under investigation.

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Consumers who have purchased the recalled items should not consume them and throw them away immediately.

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