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Cyclospora Infecting People Across the Country

5:36 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Over 200 people from multiple states have become infected by cyclospora, a small parasite that infects the small intestine.

Cyclospora is often found in tropical countries and has been linked to imported fresh produce in the past. The illness is spread when people ingest food or water contaminated with feces.

Some of the symptoms include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, low grade fever. In some cases symptoms can last for over a week. If left untreated, symptoms could last for months.

Most of the cases occurred from mid-June to early July and ranged from Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Georgia, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that it isn't clear if the cases are linked.

To avoid illness, clean your fruits and vegetables carefully and to be aware of things imported from other countries.