Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

People Sickened From Parasite Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetables

Over 200 people have now been infected by an outbreak of parasites linked to recalled vegetable trays from Del Monte.

Those trays - which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip - also were available in IN at Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations. Seven people were hospitalized but no deaths have been reported. As many as 54 cases have been reported in Minnesota.

Multiple U.S. government agencies are investigating illnesses associated with hundreds of Del Monte vegetable trays sold in some states in the Midwest, officials said. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also occur.

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The Cyclospora parasite needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person. "The recalled products were distributed to: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, Food Max Supermarket and Peapod in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin", according to the FDA recall.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by Cyclospora cayetanensis, a single-celled protozoa most commonly transmitted on produce contaminated with human fecal matter, particularly from tropical or subtropical regions where the parasite is native.

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

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'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'.

The trays being recalled have a "best if used by" date of June 17.

A previous major cyclosporiasis outbreak was reported in 2015, when 546 individuals were infected across 31 states.

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The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available. If you have any of the vegetable trays in your home do not eat them and throw them away.

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