Stomach Bug Sickens 200 People in 4 States Including Nebraska and Iowa
CREATED Jul. 23, 2013
OMAHA - More than 200 people in at least four states have come down with a stomach bug that could be linked to food borne illness.
State officials say cyclospora has sickened 68 people in Nebraska and 118 in Iowa.
The Centers for Disease Control says the infection causing diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms have 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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