Cider blamed for parasite case in Johnson County

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Johnson County health officials say a parasite found in unpasteurized apple cider has put at least one resident in the hospital.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says ( ) local health officials have identified almost a dozen cases and one hospitalization from the illness. The parasitic disease is commonly known as crypto. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and low-grade fever.

Johnson County Public Health Director Doug Beardsley says it’s legal to sell unpasteurized apple cider as long as it’s labeled. But he advises consumers to boil their cider as a precaution. The parasite can’t be detected through sight, smell or taste.

Beardsley says officials haven’t traced the illness to one store, but officials occasionally see cases that originated with roadside vendors or local grocery stores.

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