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New Cases of Cyclospora Reported in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
   The Iowa State Hygienic Lab has now reported 45 cases of Cyclospora infections across the state.
   The most cases continue to be found in Linn County at 21.  Other cases have been found in the following counties:
   Fayette - 3 cases
   Polk - 3 cases
   O'Brien - 3 Cases
   Dallas - 2 cases
   Mills - 2 cases
   Webster - 2 cases
   Des Moines - 2 cases
   Benton - 1 case
   Black Hawk - 1 case
   Buchanan - 1 case
   Johnson - 1 case
   Pottawattamie - 1 case
   Van Buren - 1 case
   Woodbury - 1 case
   The Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC, and local public health agencies continue to investigate the outbreak of the intestinal illness.
   Cyclospora is a rare parasite.  People are often infected with it after consuming food or water, generally fresh fruits or vegetables.
   The cause of the current outbreak in Iowa has not been determined, but interviews with some of those who have gotten ill indicates fresh vegetables are the likely source.
   Washing fresh produce is recommended, though it can be very difficult to wash Cyclopora off all types of produce.
   Symptoms of Cyclospora include:
   1.) Watery diarrhea that lasts for 57 days if left untreated
   2.) Fatigue
   3.) Loss of appetite
   4.) Weight loss
   5.) Bloating
   6.) Increased gas
   7.) Stomach cramps
   8.) Nausea
   9.) Vomiting
  10.) Muscle aches
  11.) Low-grade fever
   If you want more information on the parasite and intestinal disease, head to the Department of Public Health's website, www.idph.state.ia.us/EHI/Issue.aspx?issue=Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation&pg=Investigation Home.
 
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