These are the states where contaminated vegetables are making people sick


As of Thursday, July 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 212 cases of laboratory-confirmed cyclosporiasis in four states from the 6- and 12-ounce products, including cases in MI.

The outbreak is linked to Del Monte 6-, 12- and 28-ounce plastic clamshell vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip. Officials say people who have already eaten these products and have had diarrhea lasting more than three days should contact their health care provider.

Multiple U.S. government agencies are investigating illnesses associated with hundreds of Del Monte vegetable trays sold in some states in the Midwest, officials said. The recalled products were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but so far only consumers in four states - Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin - have reported coming down with the cyclosporiasis infection.

The trays being recalled have a "best if used by" date of June 17.

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The outbreak of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite, was first tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in mid-June, after 78 people were reported ill across the region.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

It is imperative that potential victims tell their doctors they may have been exposed to the parasite, as specific lab tests are required to diagnose the infection. Symptoms include frequent bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps and pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted.