Salad Mix Found as Source of Cyclospora Outbreak in Nebraska


A prepackaged salad mix is being blamed for the cyclospora outbreak that has infected at least 78 people in Nebraska since mid-June.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that the salad mix came through national distribution channels. Currently, officials are unsure if the outbreaks elsewhere in the United States are linked to the salad mix.

Local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to identify exactly where the contamination originated in the food production chain and where the product was distributed.

Cyclospora is a parasite that contaminates food, usually from coming in contact with fecal matter. Symptoms include diarrhea lasting several weeks, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, intestinal gas, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and low-grade fever.

Health officials urge you to seek medical help if you've been experiencing these symptoms for more than a week.