At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays

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At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays

A majority of the consumers who contracted the illness reported purchasing the Del Monte vegetable trays at Kwik Trip convenience stores, the CDC says, but the trays were also sold at Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod.

Cyclospora can cause an intestinal illness called when it contaminates food or water and is then ingested.

According to the CDC, "Most ill people reported eating pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip".

The 212 cases have been reported in four states in the Midwest.

The CDC first reported the outbreak in mid-June with the cases in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and MI.

Symptoms related to the outbreak began on May 14.

The number of outbreaks could continue to climb, according to University of Minnesota professor Michael T. Osterholm, a food-borne disease expert who said tracking the outbreaks will be challenging. Still, no matter where you live, if you have their veggies in your fridge with a sell by date of June 17, do yourself a favor and compost it ASAP.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the parasite has infected 212 people, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and fatigue.

On June 8, Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled 6-oz. and 12-oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip that were sold by Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. If not treated, these symptoms may last up to a month or longer.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available. However, anyone who purchased these trays before the recall should immediately throw them away and clean and disinfect anything they came into contact with.

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