Mysterious Stomach Bug Hits 7 States, 275 People
CDC, FDA investigating cyclospora infections
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2013 11:11 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Federal health authorities say more than 275 people in seven 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the infection has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut, and New Jersey. 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.

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Lefty_Libby
Jul 26, 2013 9:35 PM CDT
Boys and girls, wash and dry your fresh produce thoroughly, and prepare your meals at home. That way you can remove the manure from your food, and know what the hell you're putting into your mouth.
Shootskas
Jul 26, 2013 8:34 AM CDT
Half the commenters blame the Republicans, the other half blame Obama....typical comment thread.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Jul 25, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
China has been cooking this for a while. I wouldn't be surprised to find its not only viral but also parasitic. China cooks up these things and then springs it on the USA much like they do the flu. They do their best to cook up a variety that's hard to fight with the existing pharma. No, they don't want to outright attack the USA, they just want to see how they can do it if they ever decide to do it. They even have interns operating at the CDC who send back thumb drives of data from the results. But they don't really need that. Google also provides raw data that China can track that's faster than the CDC data. Google tracks searches for symptoms based on the location of the search. China can also tap into those results. Rest assured some official in China is laughing at us now. He's saying, "We sent you the flu, but this one is a dooooozie."