Minnesota illnesses linked to vegetable trays

Cases also reported in northeast Iowa.

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 12:02 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2018 3:59 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota and Wisconsin health officials say a growing number of people are falling ill to infections linked to fresh produce.

Both states are investigating an outbreak in infections caused by Cyclospora, a parasite commonly found in developing countries. Officials have confirmed 30 Wisconsin and 20 Minnesota cases linked to Del Monte brand vegetable trays.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday that 17 more people reported feeling sick after eating at a Minneapolis restaurant.

Health officials say symptoms can take up to a week to develop and include loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue and a low-grade fever.

A Wisconsin woman is suing Kwik Trip and Del Monte after she became ill from vegetable trays she bought in Eau Claire.

Kwik Trip removed the product from its stores.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says 22 Cyclospora infections have been reported in nine Iowa counties, including three in Mitchell, Floyd, and Winneshiek counties.  They are believed to be associated with the outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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