Mystery Stomach Bug Hits Ohio


UPDATED: Friday July 26, 2013 1:58 PM

Federal health authorities say more than 275 people in eight states have now been sickened with an unidentified stomach bug.

The 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. It causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms.

One case has been reported in Lucas County in northwest Ohio.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the infection has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Ohio. Most of the illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July. The CDC says it isn't clear whether the cases are all linked.
 
The illness is spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces.

The agency said it isn't clear whether the cases are all linked.

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