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Published On: Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

Iowa Cyclospora outbreak rises to 71 cases

In a follow-up on the Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health reports that the number of cases to date has increased to 71, with four out of 10 cases reported from Linn County.

Four Cyclospora oocysts from fresh stool stained using a modified acid-fast stain. Image/CDC (DPDx)

Four Cyclospora oocysts from fresh stool stained using a modified acid-fast stain.
Image/CDC (DPDx)

This updated total is up from 60 cases reported Friday.

The breakdown of cases by county is as follows: Linn County – 30 cases, Polk County – 5 cases, Fayette County – 3 cases, O’Brien County – 3 cases, Dallas County – 3 cases, Buchanan – 3 cases, Black Hawk County – 3 cases, Webster County – 3 cases, Mills County – 2 cases, Des Moines County – 2 cases, Boone County – 3 cases, Benton County – 1 case, Keokuk – 1 case, Monona – 1 case, Butler – 1 case, Winneshiek – 1 case, Johnson County – 1 case, Pottawattamie County – 1 case, Van Buren County – 1 case, Story County – 1 case, Cedar County – 1 case and Woodbury County – 1 case.

The outbreak investigation indicates that fresh vegetables may be the source of the outbreak.

The neighboring state of Nebraska has reported 22 cases as of July 11.

 

Cyclospora got a lot of attention in 1996 when imported raspberries from Guatemala were linked to 1,465 cases in 20 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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