Bagged Salad Stomach Bug Outbreak Across 15 States: Learn The Symptoms Of Cyclospora Bug [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on July 31, 2013 5:19 PM EDT

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Bagged salad is causing an outbreak affecting 372 people across 15 states. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A bagged salad stomach bug outbreak has caused as many as 372 victims across 15 states to fall ill. While ongoing investigations have yet to determine whether the bagged salad is the direct cause of the wide outbreak, as many as 80 percent of individuals suffering from the stomach bug claim to have consumed the bagged salad prior to the symptoms.

Fox News first reported the bagged salad stomach bug outbreak on Tuesday. While the news outlet did not reveal the brand behind the bagged salad, the brand in question has been removed from the market.

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"The evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak reported in Iowa and Nebraska," according to Food and Consumer Safety Bureau Chief Steven Madernach of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

No doubt the bagged salad stomach bug outbreak is a serious incident. Nebraska insists that its vegetables are safe for consumption. The Nebraska alert announced that its products "came through national distribution channels" and that "locally grown produce is not part of this outbreak. Nebraska also states that its mixes are prewashed.

Doctors have determined that the stomach bug that affected 372 individuals is the cyclospora. The cyclospora stomach bug causes watery diahhrea that inconveniences the person with frequent and explosive episodes.

Additional symptoms of cyclospora infection, or cyclosporiasis, include bloating, increased gas, stomach cramps, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, body aches, headache, a loss of appetite, weight loss, fever and other flu-like symptoms.

If gone untreated, the cyclosporiasis stomach bug can stay inside a person's system for a month or longer. What's more, symptoms may go away only to return once again.

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