CDC Reports 212 Confirmed Cases of Cyclospora in Midwest

09 July, 2018, 17:54 | Author: Kara Nash

The Del Monte vegetable trays - packaged with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip - were recalled in June from Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod stores.

Six, 12, and 28-ounce trays in clear packaging with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip have been recalled.

Those trays - which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip - also were available in IN at Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations. It said 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in "people who consumed" food from the pre-packaged Del Monte trays. On June 15 Del Monte recalled 28-ounce trays. The recalled products were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but so far only consumers in four states - Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin - have reported coming down with the cyclosporiasis infection. "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.

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic parasite of humans.


The outbreak of the parasitic intestinal infection has caused seven people to be hospitalized, though no deaths have occurred, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states. Symptoms of cyclospora are diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements, according to the CDC. Other symptoms may include vomiting, body aches, headache, fever and other flu-like symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis? Without treatment, the infection can last from as little as a few days to more than a month. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse).

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