A rare parasite known as Cyclospora
A rare parasite known as Cyclospora derived from fresh vegetables has sickened nearly 80 people. The outbreak has climbed from 35 people to 80 in just a week in Midwestern states. So far, Iowa and Nebraska are the only states reporting problems.... The parasitic disease spreads through contaminated food and water and can cause unusually long watery diarrhea, which could last up to 57 days if it goes untreated. According to the University of Minnesota, Cyclospora can also cause fatigue, anorexia, bloating, stomach cramps, vomiting, muscle aches, and a low-grade fever. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) said that 45 cases of the parasite have been reported in 15 counties, so far. However, the IDPH said that nearly half of the cases have been reported in Linn County.