Stomach Bug Sickens More Than 275 In Texas, 6 Other States

WASHINGTON (July 24, 2013)--More than 275 people in Texas and six other states have now been sickened with an unidentified stomach bug, federal health officials said Wednesday.

The most cases are in Iowa, where 127 have been confirmed.

In Nebraska there are 68 confirmed cases and in Texas there are 65.

Other cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut and New Jersey.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

The infection causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms.

Most of the illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, but it isn't clear whether the cases are all linked.

The illness is spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces.


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