As Of July 29 a total of 372 people in Iowa, Texas, Ohio, Nebraska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York have contracted Cyclospora infection. It is an intestinal illness that is a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea, bloating, gas, stomach cramping, vomiting, nausea, muscle aches, fatigue, lose of appetite and a low grade fever. The symptoms can last for up to 57 days.

The symptoms may seem to go away and then come back again. Some people will have no symptoms at all Health officials think they have linked this outbreak to packaged salads. They found that 80% of the people from Nebraska and Iowa with the sickness had indeed eaten a packaged salad. They have not named the salad brand as of yet, but are tracing where the ingredients came from and have pulled them from the shelves. They also suspect the salad was produced in mid-June as that is when people ate it.

They are not sure yet if all 372 people with the illness were infected by eating the salad or not. Steven Mandernach, chief of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals said -

"The evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak reported in Iowa and Nebraska."

Oddly enough they still have not offered the name of the bagged salad, but again have taken it off the shelves at the stores. Some people may have it at home. I hope they release the name brand soon because I have two packages in my refrigerator right now.

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