STOMACH PARASITE: Mixed Salad Blamed

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State health officials say an outbreak of an intestinal parasite in Iowa this summer started with pre-packaged salad mixes.

145 cases of Cyclospora have been confirmed in Iowa.

Health officials know the sickness originated in bagged salads but they haven’t narrowed which brand or producer is responsible.

They say around 80% of cases have been exposed to the same packaged salad.

The salad mix contained iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage and is no longer in Iowa’s food supply chain.

More than 370 cases of the illness are confirmed nationwide this summer.