Twenty-two cases of cyclospora have been reported in Iowa according to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 10 of these cases are in Linn County. The reported cases were contracted in mid-to-late-June.
Director of Washington County Public Health Danielle Pettit-Majewski says that it is a rare parasite that causes an intestinal illness with similar to flu-like symptoms with watery diarrhea that can last on average up to 57 days. There is specific testing and treatment. Pettit-Majewski states that there are no reported cases in Washington County at this time.
She also recommends that people clean produce thoroughly before eating and wash hands thoroughly, particularly before handling food and after using the bathroom.
The IDPH is continuing to investigate the 22 reported cases.