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Cyclospora cases rise to 87 around the Midwest

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Center of Disease Control (CDC), and local health agencies have now reported 87 known cases of cyclospora, a rare parasite that causes an intestinal illness, as of Wednesday.

There are three reported cases in Dallas County.

Currently, the source of the outbreak is unknown, but has been traced to the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables that are contaminated with the parasite.

Many of the illnesses began in mid to late June and can last an average of 57 days.

Those who have been experiencing long bouts of diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting or a low grade fever, should contact their health professional. For more information on cyclospora, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website at www.idph.state.ia.us.

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