Stomach bug stays clear of Nevada so far
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(KTNV) -- A recent case of cyclospora has been traced back to pre-packaged salad mix. There have been 372 cases reported across 15 states, but Nevada is still unaffected.
Investigators have found a common connection between those sick people: they had all eaten the same salad mix of lettuces, cabbage, and carrots.
This is not your run-of-the-mill stomach bug. Experts say the disease can last up to six weeks, and there have been cases that cause 25-pound weight loss.
Health officials have not said the name of the brand involved, but say it's no longer on the shelves.
It's a reminder to be careful when using any pre-washed produce. Consumer reports ran a study a few months ago and found all kinds of bacteria were present, even salmonella.
What can you do?
-- Buy packages as far from their use-by date as you can find.
-- Even if the bag says "pre-washed" or "triple-washed," wash the greens yourself. Rinsing won't remove all bacteria but may remove residual soil.
-- Prevent cross contamination by keeping greens away from raw meat.
This is the largest cyclospora outbreak the country has seen in almost two decades.