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Health officials: Cyclospora confirmed in 25 counties

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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local public health agencies are investigating an outbreak of an intestinal illness caused by Cyclospora, a rare parasite.

IDPH reports 81 cases of Cyclospora infections have been identified in 25 counties.

According to a press release, IDPH believes people had eaten the contaminated food in mid-June.

"This is a very good indication the food which was the source of the outbreak has already been consumed or discarded, since fresh vegetables have a limited shelf life," IDPH stated in a press release.

IDPH encourages people to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating.

According to a press release, IDPH is working with the CDC, other states and local public health agencies to determine how the food became contaminated.

As of Tuesday, 81 cases of Cyclospora infections had been reported to IDPH, including 31 cases in Linn County, 4 cases in Black Hawk County, 3 cases in Fayette County, and 3 cases in Buchanan County.

For a complete county list, click here.

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