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AC360 411: Salad sickness linked to Mexican farm
August 2nd, 2013
07:50 PM ET

AC360 411: Salad sickness linked to Mexican farm

The bagged salad mix blamed for a nasty stomach bug outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa was supplied by a farm in Mexico, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this afternoon.

The salad mix is blamed for cyclospora infections and came from Taylor Farms de Mexico, according to the FDA.

The federal agency said it traced the illnesses to salad eaten by diners at two popular chain restaurants, and it doesn’t believe the bagged salad was ever sold in U.S. grocery stores.

More than a dozen other health departments across the country are dealing with cyclospora outbreaks. The FDA and CDC are trying to determine if the salad mix from Mexico is to blame in those cases, as well.

Here’s the AC360 411 on the cyclospora outbreak:

146

The number of people with cyclospora infections in Iowa since June, the most of any state.

84

The number of people who’ve gotten sick in Nebraska.

4

The number of restaurants the FDA traced the outbreak to in Nebraska and Iowa, identified as Red Lobster and Olive Garden. However, exact locations were not given.

At least 400  

The total number of cyclospora infections across the country since mid-June.

17

The number of health departments dealing with this outbreak: Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, New York City, Georgia, Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

22

The number of people reportedly hospitalized in five states.

1 week

The typical time between becoming infected and becoming sick.

2

The recommended treatment is a combination of two antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, also known as Bactrim, Septra or Cotrim.

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