Bagged Salad Eyed As Source Of Cyclospora Outbreak

Source: Ryan Jaslow / CBS News

A bagged salad mix is being investigated as a source of the cyclospora stomach bug outbreak that has caused hundreds of cases of diarrhea.

As of July 29, 372 people have developed a cyclospora infection, or cyclosporiasis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. Cases have been found in at least 16 states: Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

The most cases — 143 — have been reported in Iowa. An investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Health has implicated a prepackaged salad mix as the source of the state’s outbreak. Investigators determined that about 80 percent of the cases had been exposed to this same type of prepackaged salad mix.

Health officials have not revealed the brand or manufacturer of the mix, but have said it contains iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. The salad mix is no longer in Iowa’s food supply chain, the health department said.

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