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Stomach bug spreading far -- and fast

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9 states reporting cases of mystery stomach bug

A nasty stomach bug has now spread to nine states and made nearly 300 people sick.

The states are mostly in the Midwest & Northeast:

  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Georgia
  • Illinois and Kansas have also reported one case each

The bug is caused by a parasite called Cyclospora.

The CDC can't nail down the source, but says it comes from contaminated food or water and cannot be spread person-to-person.

Symptoms include diarrhea (sometimes explosive), stomach cramps, nausea and fatigue.

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