(Glenwood) Mills County is one of nine Iowa counties to have one reported case of an intestinal illness caused by a rare parasite. The Iowa Department of Public Health and local agencies are investigating an outbreak of this intestinal illness caused by Cyclospora. Mills County Public Administrator Sheri Bowen says currently there has been no specific source of exposure that has been identified yet.
“But typically in previous outbreaks the illness has been caused by fresh produce,” stated Bowen. Who adds washing fresh produce is recommended; however it can be very difficult to wash Cyclospora of all types of produce.
The symptoms include; watery diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, increased gas, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and a low-grade fever. Bowen says left untreated this illness can last up to 57-days.
As of July 8, 22-cases have been reported in the Iowa counties of Linn, Fayette, O’Brien, Webster, Benton, Des Moines, Mills, Polk and Van Buren.
July 9, 2013