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Salad pegged in Iowa, Neb. cyclospora outbreak

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Iowa and Nebraska health officials say a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states.

Public health officials from both states announced their findings on Tuesday.

The U.S. Centers For Disease Control says 372 cases of the infection have been reported in 15 states, including at least one here in Minnesota. But it's not clear, however, if prepackaged salad mix is also linked to those cases.

Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.

Nebraska officials say the salad mix came through national distribution channels. It included iceberg and romaine lettuce, along with red cabbage and carrots.

Local health departments are 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.

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