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US: FDA names source of stomach bug

The United States Food and Drug Administration has finally named a produce-farm in Mexico – Taylor Farms – as the source of the stomach bug-illness in two states, according to ABC News on Saturday. While the FDA only linked the Mexico produce-farm to the cyclosporiasis to the cases in Iowa and Nebraska, the investigation continues into the other states that have had cases reported in the past two weeks. Thus far, only restaurant salads have been confirmed as the source, as store-sold salad mixes – which were initially believed to have been the source - continue to be investigated.

Federal officials continue to eye prepackaged salad mixes in the other 14 states which have claimed that 400 people have been infected and 22 have needed hospital care.

Last Wednesday, it was believed that the culprit was a salad mix which contains iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots. The packets of salad mix were said to be the cause of the cyclospora outbreak. It was believed, by Nebraska’s governmental Department of Health, that the prepackaged salad mixture negatively affected 78 persons in its state in the past six weeks. In Iowa, that state’s governmental Department of Health was blaming the salad mix on at least 143 cases of the illness associated with the horrendous stomach sickness. In Iowa, at least 80 percent of those reporting the illness said they had eaten the salad mixtures.

The ongoing illness involves persons experiencing the diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, stomach cramp, muscle aches, vomiting, and fever. Reportedly, antibiotics alleviate the illness – though going untreated could result in the illness continuing for several months.

Source: examiner.com

Publication date: 8/5/2013


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