LINCOLN, Neb. (July 30, 2013)—A prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 178 people in Nebraska and Iowa since mid-June, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.
Outbreaks of the same illness have been reported elsewhere in the U.S. including Texas, but it's not clear if prepackaged salad mix is also linked to those.
Tuesday Texas health officials said 122 people have been sickened in the outbreak, but said the outbreak here hasn’t yet been linked to the prepackaged salad mix.
Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.
Nebraska officials say the salad mix came through national distribution channels and included iceberg and romaine lettuce, along with red cabbage and carrots.
Local health departments were 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.