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Wash your veggies: Iowa health officials warn of rare Cyclospora outbreak

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Iowa health officials are reminding you to wash your fruits and vegetables, as they investigate a possible outbreak of Cyclospora infections.

Five Iowa counties in the last two weeks have reported seven cases, including reports in Benton and Linn Counties. Two other states in the Midwest are also reporting cases.

Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause symptoms of severe diarrhea and fatigue.

Symptoms of an infection are distinct from other diarrheal illnesses in that symptoms last an average of 57 days in healthy people. Symptoms can last even longer and be more severe who have a weaker immune system.

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