Consumers in Wisconsin have been hit hard in the Cyclospora Del Monte outbreak that is linked to recalled vegetable trays. Of the 212 people sickened in this outbreak so far as of July 5, 2018, 152 patients live in Wisconsin.
Attorney Ryan Osterholm, who is representing many clients in this outbreak, said, “Many of these vegetable trays were sold at Kwik Trip/Kwik Star outlets. There are hundreds of these stores in Wisconsin and in Minnesota, which explains the high number of case patients in those states.
“Moreover,” he continued, “this cyclospora Del Monte outbreak will most likely continue to grow. There is a significant lag between the time a person starts feeling sick and the time when their illness is reported to public health officials. And there are some people who have been sick, perhaps for weeks, who don’t know about the outbreak. Many doctors, especially in the upper Midwest, don’t routinely test for cyclospora, so some could be undiagnosed, even though health care professionals have been alerted about this outbreak. And if someone who is experiencing the symptoms of cyclosporiasis has not heard about the Del Monte recall or this outbreak, they may not even go to the doctor.
“There is almost always a cyclospora outbreak in the summer months in the U.S.,” Ryan added. “These outbreaks are usually unsolved; last year almost 1000 people were sickened and officials never identified the vehicle.”
The main symptom of cyclosporiasis include explosive and watery diarrhea that can last for weeks or months. Other symptoms include appetite loss, weight loss, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, stomach cramps and pain, and bloating. Some people experience symptoms similar to the flu, including vomiting, headache, fever, and body aches.
If you ate recalled Del Monte Vegetable Trays purchased from Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and have been sick with these symptoms, see your doctor. Treament is available for this infection. Without it, you could be ill for months.