CDC: 200+ Cases Of Infections Following Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables

CDC: 200+ Cases Of Infections Following Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables

The FDA and the CDC are continuing to investigate the outbreak, which has hospitalized seven.

The total as of July 5 stood at 212 infected people across four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the initial outbreak announcement on June 15, there were 78 people with confirmed parasitic infections.

'The Cyclospora parasite needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person, ' the FDA said.

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning consumers in several states about Del Monte vegetables after more than 200 have suffered intestinal illnesses.

This week's CDC update showed slightly stronger wording.

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Most infected people reported buying and consuming the trays from Kwik Trip convenience stores, the CDC said.

The states with reported victims are Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and MI, according to the CDC, with seven people hospitalized so far.

Symptoms from this outbreak were first reported on May 14, and the ages of victims range from 13 to 79 years of age, according to CNN. They have been recalled. 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.

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. "FDA is now reviewing distribution and supplier information related to the vegetable trays; the investigation is ongoing", according to the FDA's update this week.

The parasites found in the veggie packs have been linked to various stomach illnesses and can also cause fever and fatigue, according to the The New York Times.

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