May 24, 2024

Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Case Count Grows to 227 Sick; Lawsuits Filed

The multistate Del Monte Cyclospora outbreak case count has grown to 227 sick, as of July 13, 2018. Those sickened live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Seven patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious.

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Del Monte recalled their 6 ounce and 12 ounce sizes of vegetable trays on June 8, 2018. The 28 ounce size of the trays was recalled on June 15, 2018. People may have frozen some of these vegetables and don’t realize they are linked to illnesses. And, unfortunately, washing produce will not eliminate the pathogen completely. The cyclospora parasite is destroyed by freezing, but only if frozen below 24.7°F.

The recalled trays were sold in Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The FDA has not identified which component in the trays is contaminated with the parasite in this Del Monte cyclospora outbreak.

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“This outbreak has grown by leaps and bounds from the original estimate of about 14 sick people,” lawyer Fred Pritzker, who is representing many clients in lawsuits in this outbreak, said. “And it may continue to grow, even though the best by date on these products was in mid-June 2018. People who are sick in this Del Monte cyclospora outbreak may have just learned about the outbreak and are being diagnosed and identified.”

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic parasite. Cyclospora needs days or weeks after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious, so this illnesses is not spread person-to-person. Someone has to eat food that is contaminated with feces containing the oocyst to get sick.

The symptoms of cyclosporiasis include bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, weigh loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, stomach cramps and pain, and diarrhea that is uncontrollable, explosive, and watery. If not treated, this illness can last for months and can recur. If you ate recalled Del Monte Vegetable trays and have been ill, you may be part of this Del Monte cyclospora outbreak; see your doctor.

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