What’s considered a rare intestinal illness isn’t so rare this month in Nebraska.
The state health departments in both Nebraska and Iowa are tracking what’s now being called an outbreak of cyclosporiasis.
There are 35 cases confirmed in Nebraska and more than 70 in Iowa. Health officials are concerned as Iowa only had ten cases in the past 20 years, and most of those were in people who did a lot of traveling.
Symptoms include diarrhea which can last several weeks, even as long as two months. Other symptoms include: loss of appetite, weight loss, cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever and fatigue.
Doctors say a combination of two antibiotics may help, along with rest and drinking plenty of fluids.
Health officials suspect the culprit is a parasite in fresh vegetables, but the outbreak has not been linked to any restaurant or grocery chain.
To cut your risk, thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables before consumption.
Learn more here: www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/gen_info/faqs.html