OREGON – At least three people in Ogle County have been infected with cyclosporiasis, a gastrointestinal illness which, in this case, is caused by a parasite found in contaminated bagged salad sold at Walmart and Aldi, the CDC and the county health administrator said.
The Centers for Disease Control issued a warning Friday, advising consumers to avoid or discard the Marketside-brand Classic Iceberg Salad, sold at Walmart stores with use-by dates of May 19 through July 4; Little Salad Bar-brand Garden Salad, sold at Aldi with use-by dates of May 1 through June 29; Jewel-Osco Signature Farms-brand Garden Salad with use-by dates of May 16 through July 4; and Hy-Vee-brand Garden Salad with any use-by date.
All have been recalled.
The parasite that causes cyclosporiasis, Cyclospora cayetanensis, usually spread through fecal contamination of food or water.
Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, gastrointestinal pain, fatigue and occasionally fever.
It can be treated with an antibiotic, but most people recover on their own.
People showing these symptoms should contact their doctor, Ogle County Health Department Administrator Kyle Auman said.
"Typically they should be tested, which would be a stool sample," Auman said. "They also do blood samples too, but stool sample is the best method."
Ogle had three known cases as of Monday morning, he said.
"It can be found in various produce, berries, melon, lettuce, other green leafy vegetables," he said, adding that people should hand-wash their produce, make sure they are not cross-contaminating with other types of food, and cook everything to the proper temperature.
More than 200 people in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin who reported eating the salad mixes have lab-confirmed cases, the CDC said Friday.
Multiple clusters of Cyclospora infections that occur each summer. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating the Midwest cluster and others, to see if they are linked.
Go to www.cdc.gov for more information.