Rare Food-Borne Illness Hits Iowa
The number of confirmed cases of a rare food-borne illness in Iowa has more than doubled in just four days.
State and Federal Public Health agencies are trying to figure out where it’s coming from. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the outbreak of Cyclosphoriasis has sickened 45 Iowans as of today. In our area, there have been two cases reported in Des Moines County and 1 in Van Buren County. Iowa typically has just one or two cases a year.
State Health Department Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says it’s looking like fresh vegetables may be the culprit, but the investigation continues. Consumers should wash fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of the illness.