Food-Borne Illness Sickens 35 In Nebraska, 45 In Iowa

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The number of confirmed cases of a rare food-borne illness in Nebraska has climbed to 35 as state and federal public health agencies try to figure out where it's coming from.

An outbreak of cyclosporiasis is confined mostly to eastern Nebraska and could be linked to Iowa where 45 people were confirmed sick as of Friday. Iowa typically has just one or two cases a year, usually travelers. The state's public health medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, says fresh vegetables may be the culprit, but the investigation continues.

Consumers should wash fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of getting the illness, which causes diarrhea lasting an average of 57 days. It's caused by a parasite carried in human feces that contaminates food.

The illness is rare in Nebraska. No cases were reported in the last four years.


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