OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —
The number of confirmed cases of a rare food-borne illness in Nebraska
has climbed to 23 as state and federal public health agencies try to
figure out where it's coming from.
An outbreak of cyclosporiasis
is confined mostly to eastern Nebraska and could
be linked to Iowa where 45 people were confirmed sick as of Friday.
public health medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says fresh
vegetables may be the culprit but the investigation continues.
should wash fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of getting the
illness, which causes diarrhea lasting an average of 57 days. It's
caused by a parasite carried in human feces that contaminates food.
The illness is rare in Nebraska. No cases were reported in the last four years.