Dozens in MN, ND sick with intestinal illness linked to bagged salads

More than 200 people in the Midwest have been infected with Cyclospora


Raya Quttaineh, KVRR (ND)

June 29, 2020


MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA — An outbreak of Cyclospora has hit eight Midwestern states, including both Minnesota and North Dakota.


According to the CDC, 25 Minnesotans and six North Dakotans have been infected.


“Cyclospora is a parasite that causes a diarrheal illness, and it is transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated with feces that contains the parasite,” says Essentia Health Nurse Practitioner Brandi Wallace.


In this case, it’s bagged salad mixes coming from the Illinois-based manufacturer Fresh Express.


ALDI, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and now Walmart grocery store brand salads containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrots have been recalled.


Find the full list of recalled products clicking here.


In a statement, Fresh Express writes, “The Fresh Express recall includes only those salads that are clearly marked with the letter Z at the beginning of the Product Code, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package. Products containing the ingredients iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrots AND displaying the Product Code Z178, or a lower number, are recalled.”


The CDC urges people who’ve already bought these products to throw them out.


If you’ve already eaten any of the salad mixes mentioned, these are the symptoms Wallace says to watch for.


“Watery diarrhea, which can also be explosive and frequent. Stomach cramps, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, increased gas, even a low-grade fever,” Wallace said...


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