Bagged salad linked to the Cyclospora Outbreak

More than 350 people in about 15 states have been infected with the cyclospora stomach bug. Authorities are reporting that the possible cause of this outbreak is contamination in bagged salads.

Those who live in the State of Iowa have been the most affected with a total of 143 cases of the cyclospora bug so far.  The Iowa Department of Public health led an investigation and determined that there might be a link between the bug and prepackaged salad mixes.  The news broke out when they were able to determine that about 80% of the cases had contact with the same bagged salad mix.

The mix contains red cabbage, romaine lettuce, and iceberg and the brand of the product has not been released yet.  It is still not clear where the ingredients of this salad mix come from or where they were grown.  The Iowa Department of Public Health has ordered a total recall of this salad mix and has informed that it is no longer being sold.

In Nebraska, another investigation took place that also linked a bagged salad mix to the outbreak of the cyclospora stomach bug according to the FDA.

The cases of this outbreak started rising in early July.  It is triggered by a parasite called the cyclospora parasite that can be found in food and drinking water that are contaminated.

Symptoms of the virus are:

Watery Diarrhea that can turn deadly if it is not treated in time

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating and Cramps
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Muscle Aches
  • Fever

Other cases have been reported the following states:

  • Texas
  • Nebraska
  • Florida
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Georgia
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio

The FDA is recommending everyone to take extreme measures when handling food. Washing your hands properly and washing all products before consuming them with plenty of antibacterial soap.