200 in 4 States had Unidentified Stomach Bug

Posted at: 07/23/2013 10:27 AM | Updated at: 07/23/2013 10:31 AM
By: MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 200 people in at least four states have come down with a stomach bug that could be linked to foodborne illness.

The Centers for Disease Control says the cyclospora infection causing diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. The CDC said eight people have been hospitalized and the reported illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are most often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

The illness is usually spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces. The agency said it isn't yet clear whether the cases from all of the states are linked.

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