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Pre-packaged salad causes stomach bug; Wisconsin cases still under investigation

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Pre-packaged salad mix has been identified as the source of a rare stomach bug in Iowa and Nebraska – but officials are not sure if the salads made at least six people ill in Wisconsin. Almost 375 cases of cyclo-spora infection have been reported in the last few weeks. That includes three confirmed cases in Grant County at last word, along with cases in Brown and Milwaukee counties.

In Nebraska, health officials pinpointed a salad mix that includes iceberg and romaine lettuce, plus red cabbage and carrots. They’re checking to see if more than one brand was involved. Seventy-eight people were sickened in Nebraska with cyclo-spora, and 145 were sick in Iowa – where officials say most-if-not-all of the salad products in question have been removed from store shelves. Most of Iowa’s cases were in the Cedar Rapids area.

Cyclo-spora is a rare parasite that causes long gastro-intestinal illnesses. The U-S Centers for Disease Control says 21 people have been hospitalized by the condition. The C-D-C says it has not identified a specific cause of the outbreak, and it’s still checking all possible leads.