More cases of a gastrointestinal illness, called cyclospora, continue to be reported in Nebraska and Iowa.
There are currently 53 cases statewide in Nebraska, concentrated mostly in the eastern part of the state. Three people have been hospitalized and were released. DHHS said it continues to receive reports of new cases daily.
Fresh vegetables and fruit are usually associated with Cyclospora outbreaks. People become sick when they consume food contaminated with the parasite. DHHS and local health department officials conducted interviews with Nebraskans who contracted the illness. Based on those interviews, vegetables appear to be the cause of the outbreak. Locally grown produce is not part of this outbreak.
In Iowa, 81 cases of cyclospora have been reported to the Health Department. Officials report at least five people have been hospitalized; many are still ill with diarrhea and some have had relapses.
Of the Iowa cases reported, five were in Pottawattamie County, two were in Mills County, and one case was reported in Monona and Montgomery counties.
Symptoms of Cyclospora include diarrhea that can last weeks to months, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, intestinal gas, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and low-grade fever.
People experiencing symptoms should see a physician for diagnosis and treatment.