Stomach Bug Affects People In 9 States, Including NJ

STATE – New Jersey is one of nine states where people have fallen ill with a stomach bug, which is being investigated by federal health authorities.

Cyclospora, a single-cell parasite that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps and other symptoms commonly associated with a stomach virus, is not often found in the United States, according to federal health officials. The infection is spread when people ingest foods or water than have been contaminated with feces, but is not contagious from person-to-person.

As of 5 p.m. on July 23, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 275 people in New Jersey (1), Connecticut (1), Georgia (2), Iowa (127), Illinois (1), Kansas (1), Nebraska (68), Texas (65), and Wisconsin (4) have been sickened by the infection, but the CDC says that it’s not clear if the cases are linked. Most of the reported illnesses occurred from late June to early July.

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