Midwest Hit Hard By Cyclosora: CDC Tracking Large Outbreak Linked to Salad
Cyclospora Lawsuit Lawyer: CDC Updates Cyclospora Outbreak Hitting Midwestern States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the recent multi-state cyclospora outbreak on July 9th, 2020. The update issued by the CDC last week brought to light an increase in the number of people affected by the cyclospora outbreak linked to Salad Bags sold by multiple retail stores. The number of lab-confirmed reported cases more than doubled in size since the original update of the outbreak on June 26, 2020, the number of cases rose to 509 in 8 states. In the recent update, the CDC announced that multiple brands of salad bags sold at different retail stores were recalled due to a potential cyclospora cayetanensis contamination.
The brands affected by the outbreak so far are ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry, and Walmart Marketside. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that bagged salad mix containing iceberg lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage produced by Fresh Express is a likely source of this outbreak. Fresh Express distributed to select retail stores in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The two states hit harder by the cyclospora cayetanensis outbreak are Illinois and Iowa, which have reported more than half of the reported cases thus far. According to Ron Simon, a national food poisoning lawyer who has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of victims affected by the
Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak
in both Iowa and Illinois stated in a press release:
“While the reported number of more than 500 victims is already staggering, the number continues to grow. Every day we are receiving calls at the Cyclospora Claim Center from people who only recently tested positive or who are waiting to be tested. This includes victims in additional states…Through each of our lawsuits, we will make sure that all of our clients are fully and fairly compensated for their losses, and we will determine how this tragedy can be prevented in the future.”
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope. This parasite causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis normally include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. Most U.S. laboratories do not test for Cyclospora, even if the stool is analyzed for parasites; the CDC has noted that healthcare professionals need to specifically arrange testing for Cyclospora, a Cyclospora screen.
For more information on the Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak, to speak to a Cyclospora Lawyer, or to inquire about a Cyclospora Lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.