Kansas links two stomach bug cases to national outbreak

07/30/2013 6:58 PM

07/30/2013 8:27 PM

Two Kansas cases, including one in Johnson County, are tied to the cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 372 people in 15 states, Kansas health officials said Tuesday.

Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea and other flulike symptoms.

The other Kansas patient is from Phillips County, on the Nebraska border. Officials think both illnesses were caused by food eaten in Nebraska, said Miranda Steele, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Iowa and Nebraska health officials say that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of an outbreak in those two states. Steele said there is no indication the salad mix was distributed in Kansas.

Missouri reported two cases last week, in Jackson and Taney counties.

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