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CDC: At least 283 people have unidentified stomach bug

Thursday - 7/25/2013, 2:39pm  ET

FDA works to find the cause a mysterious stomach bug

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


WASHINGTON -- Federal health authorities say at least 283 people in nine 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, and could last up to several months if left untreated.

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

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