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July 31, 2013MO |  By: Coffey

Cyclospora Outbreak Update

Two cases of a gastro-intestinal illness called "Cyclospora" have been reported in Missouri.

One case in Jackson County in Kansas City and another in Taney County in southwest Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is working with the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies to investigate whether these cases are linked to cases in other states. Director of the Nodaway County Health Center...Della Rhoades...says prolonged diarrhea is a symptoms of the Cyclospora parasite.

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While only two cases of Cyclospora have been reported in Missouri...the Associated Press is reporting over 178 people in Nebraska and Iowa have been sickened by the outbreak. Public Health officials from both states indicate a prepackaged salad mix coming into the states through national distribution channels is being linked to the illness. The salad mix included iceberg and romain lettuce and along with red cabbage and carrots. Rhoades says any vegetables brought home from the grocery store should be rinsed before eating.

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Rhoades also urges everyone to rinse their hands often to avoid coming contact with the Cyclospora parasite.