FDA and CDC team up to investigate a severe Cyclospora outbreak
Category: #health  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2020-06-22
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FDA and CDC team up to investigate a severe Cyclospora outbreak

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) together on June 19 reportedly announced that an investigation is ongoing for an outbreak of illness caused due to intestinal parasite that might be associated with the bagged salad sold in ALDI, Jewel-Osco and Hy-Vee grocery stores.

As per the CDC, the intestinal illness in question is called Cyclospora, and is caused by a microscopic parasite. Consistent and common bouts of water diarrhea are the most common symptom of this illness. Other symptoms include loss of weight and appetite, increased gas or/and bloating, cramping, nausea, low-grade fever, and fatigue. Additionally, vomiting, which is a less common Cyclospora symptom.

While this outbreak of illness is currently under investigation, it is considered that this parasite driven illness is associated with Jewel Osco’s Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad, Hy-Vee's Brand Garden Salad, and ALDI’s brand Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad.

These bagged salads were traded in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas. Meanwhile,  Jewel Osco's Signature Farms Brand Garden Salad is sold across grocery stores in Illinois.

The Food and Drug Administration has initiated traceback investigations and is collecting data on possible products and retailers that might be affected due to this outbreak. CDC, from epidemiological evidence and the investigation done so far, pointed towards three bagged salad brands that are sold across three grocery stores as the main source of this illness.

During interviews that were looking into the source of the illness, several people affected by the contaminated food recalled the food they consumed as well as other exposures two weeks before falling ill.  

In this bagged salad mix-linked cluster, many ill people reported the consumption of Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad, ALDI brand salad, or Signature Farms Garden Salad of Jewel-Osco.

The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state health regulatory agencies, are continuing the investigation of other potential Cyclospora outbreak sources.

    

Source credit: https://fox6now.com/2020/06/21/fda-cdc-bagged-salad-possibly-linked-to-intestinal-parasite-illness-multistate-investigation-underway/



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