Health officers are still not sure of the source of a parasite that has sickened at least 285 people in 11 states. The parasite, known as cyclospora, is a microscopic protozoa that is commonly linked to fresh produce. The prime suspects are fresh raspberries, basil, snow peas and lettuce, though no specific foods have been identified. People infected with cyclosporasis experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss that can last weeks. The illness is easily treated with antibiotics. At least 10 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Cyclosporasis is usually spread through contaminated water. ... Read More
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