Iowa intestinal illness cases reach 102

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of people reporting a food-borne intestinal illness believed to have come from a contaminated vegetable has climbed to 102 cases in Iowa up from 87 cases reported Wednesday.

The cases of cyclosporiasis (sy-kloh-spor-EYE’-uh-sis) is spread across 29 counties. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Thursday at least six people have been hospitalized.

Linn County in eastern Iowa continues to lead the state with 34 cases. Polk County has nine and Pottawattamie County has eight. Nebraska has reported 62 cases mostly in the eastern part of the state.

Public health officials from both states say the illness, which causes prolonged diarrhea, is rare. It comes from eating food or drinking water contaminated with feces containing the cyclospora parasite.

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