Food-borne illness sickens 45 in Iowa, 35 in Neb.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of a rare food-borne illness in Iowa has more than doubled in just four days as state and federal public health agencies try to figure out where it’s coming from.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says the outbreak of cyclosporiasis (sy-kloh-spor-EYE’-uh-sis) has sickened 45 Iowans as of Friday. On Monday the department had identified 22 cases.

Iowa typically has just one or two cases a year, usually travelers.

State health department medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says it’s looking like fresh vegetables may be the culprit but the investigation continues.

Consumers should wash fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of the illness, which causes diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days.

Nebraska has 35 confirmed cases.

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