James Tidwell July 9, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proclaimed that about 212 people from four upper Midwest states were infected with an intestinal parasite. The reason behind the infection was said to be the consumption of Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetables from various retailers such as Kwik Trip and Kwik Star convenience stores.

CDC tracked this outbreak firstly in June 2018. Impact of the outbreak was said to be severe in Wisconsin. However, about 54 cases were reported from Minnesota. Iowa and Michigan also reported some infection cases. The CDC proclaimed that about 7 victims were hospitalized.

A recall was issued in June 2018 for the Del Monte trays. Vegetables such as cauliflower, baby carrots, broccoli, and dill dip were included in the tray. However, since then, an increase in a number of infections is seen. The CDC has alerted that possibly more cases of cyclosporiasis infection are expected as it possesses a late onset of symptoms roughly in 1 Week that can last for more than weeks. Everyone with recalled products is requested to dispose of it because washing these infected products cannot remove this pathogen.

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a protozoon with a single cell that is responsible for Cyclosporiasis. It is generally spread on produce that is infected with the human fecal matter. According to the FDA, severe diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, and fatigue are some of the symptoms of Cyclosporiasis.

On a related note, CDC released a research study earlier this week. It was carried out from 2000 to 2014. The recent research study collected about 5,000 reports from 35 states and Guam stated that people can become ill because of the bodies of water. It included cases of sickness and two deaths that were related to bodies of water that had not been treated. Public parks and beaches were the most common untreated water places.

James Tidwell

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