According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200 people have been sickened by an intestinal parasite in food through eating vegetables from Fresh Del Monte that sold plastic vegetable trays.
The federal authorities announced on Thursday that there were 212 cases reported of an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in four states since May. The four states include Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
According to the federal authorities, 212 people had become ill from cyclosporiasis.
The patients said they feel ill since May 31 but the CDC reported that they have been sickened after May 14.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement that after eating vegetables seven people had been hospitalized by a parasite and that vegetables sold in 6-, 12- and 28-ounce of packages.
The vegetable trays that contain fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip sold these vegetables to few retailers which are selected in the four states that mentioned above and also in Illinois and Indiana.
Watery diarrhoea and frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements are the symptoms of cyclosporiasis and these symptoms show in a week after eating food that contains the parasite. Loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue are included in the other symptoms of cyclosporiasis.
Michael T. Osterholm who is a professor at the University of Minnesota and a food-borne disease expert said that the number of infected people could rise.
He told the Times, “By the time cases are detected, the product is long gone.” He added, “It’s very hard to trace back.”
Antibiotics can treat the sickened people and symptoms will be shown from a few days to a few months. The patients who suffer from an outbreak of cyclosporiasis feel good with antibiotics but they may not recover properly that means they can get sick again.