Iowa state health officials report investigating an increasing number of Cyclospora infections. Since the beginning of the year, 22 Cyclospora infections have been reported in nine Iowa counties.
Three of the cases in northeast Iowa are associated with an outbreak also impacting Wisconsin and Minnesota (associated with vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star and Tobacco Outlet stores). In addition, one case is associated with an outbreak involving the Sonora Grill in Minneapolis.
Cyclospora is a parasite commonly found in developing countries. People diagnosed with this infection in the U.S. often report having traveled; however, during the summer months, outbreaks and illnesses occur as a result of contaminated fresh produce entering the U.S. food market from endemic countries.
Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include frequent watery diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight, cramping, bloating, and/or increased gas, nausea (vomiting is less common), fatigue and low-grade fever.
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