Prepackaged Salad Linked to Stomach Bug Outbreak in 2 States

Prepackaged Salad Linked to Stomach Bug Outbreak in 2 States

A prepackaged salad mix has been linked to the source of a cyclospora outbreak in two states.
A prepackaged salad mix has been linked to the source of a cyclospora outbreak in two states.

Outbreaks of the same illness have been reported elsewhere, but they have yet to be linked to the same mix.

Nearly 400 people across 15 states have been sickened as the result of this rare stomach bug. The intestinal illness can cause weeks or even months of pain and discomfort.

Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska say they've linked the outbreak to a prepackaged salad mix in those states.  We don't know what brand it is.  Officials have only said it came through national distribution chains and included iceberg and romaine lettuce, along with red cabbage and carrots.

Until researchers can find the source of the outbreak in other states, health experts are offering consumers some advice.

"You want to make sure you wash your produce very, very well. That's the most important thing," Lamar Hasbrouck, Illinois Department of Public Health, said.

The FDA says it has a seven person team in its Maryland headquarters and specialists in 10 field offices across the country working to identify the source of the outbreak.


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