ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's a small parasite causing some big problems. Cyclospora is causing a rash of intestinal infections across the country. And now, a confirmed case has now been reported in Minnesota.
Of the 14 states with confirmed infections, Iowa is being hit hardest -- by far. More than 350 cases of cyclospora have been confirmed. People in Iowa account for at least 140 of those infections and officials say the count is likely growing.
Across the us 21 people have been hospitilized from the illness.
Health officials aren't sure how people are ingesting the parasite, but in the past it has been linked to eating contaminated produce.
Cyclospora can cause an infection of the small intestine and for people in states across the country, it's caused a host of uncomfortable symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fatigue.
These symptoms can last a few days or a month or longer. Most of the illnesses began in mid-June through the early days of July. Health officials say the infection is not fatal.
Treatment for this infection is usually a combination of antibiotics, fluids, and as with many other ilnesses, lots of rest.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, there is no vaccine against cyclosporiasis. They do suggest thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables several times to avoid infection.
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