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Rare stomach bug outbreak reaches Minnesota

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The stomach bug outbreak that has sickened nearly 300 people across the country and puzzled health experts has now made its way to Minnesota.

KARE 11 reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first case of the Cyclospora parasite in our state, and it's warning people to thoroughly wash their hands, their utensils and the fruits and vegetables they eat. The FDA recommends using hot, soapy water for 20 seconds before and after you handle food, the station reports.

What's strange about this latest outbreak is that Cyclospora is common in tropical regions like Latin America, but isn't typically seen in the United States, according to the CDC.

The parasite has popped up in Wisconsin, Iowa and 8 other states, causing nearly 300 illnesses and hospitalizing more than a dozen people, KARE 11 reports.

The parasite attacks the small intestines, causing diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and fatigue, reports CBS news. Vomiting and low-grade fever could occur less commonly, according to CDC.

Cyclospora causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, loss of appetite and fatigue. It can be treated with antibiotics, says the CDC.

Read what the Mayo Clinic says about the infection.

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