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The mysterious stomach bug that was sickening hundreds in 15 states has potentially had its roots discovered.

Food poisoning outbreakHealth officials in both Iowa and Nebraska have identified the source of Cyclospora in their states as pre-packaged salads containing a combination of romaine lettuce, iceburg lettuce, red cabbage and carrots. The brand names of the salads have not been identified in the findings.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention is stopping short of declaring that the pre-packaged salads are the sole source of all recent cyclospora-linked sicknesses, which are nearing 400 total across the 15 states.

Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause infection. Infection presents itself as a gastrointestinal sickness, with diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms reported.

States that have reported cyclopspora infections include: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

To learn more about both the outbreak and the potential source, please read here: Salad Mix Behind Food Poisoning Outbreak, Health Officials Say

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