Cyclospora outbreak traced to prepackaged salad mix

Cyclospora outbreak traced to prepackaged salad mix

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by KGW.com staff

kgw.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM

There’s a mysterious stomach bug that popped up across the country this summer and it’s making hundreds of people sick.

Investigators linked a recent outbreak of cyclospora to a prepackaged salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce with carrots and red cabbage.

Cyclospora is usually found on produce contaminated with fecal matter. It causes severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and nausea that can last a month.

Cyclospora can be treated with antibiotics and the best defense is to wash all produce, even produce that comes in packages that say “pre-washed.”

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