PENNSYLVANIA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a recent string of illnesses in multiple states, including Pennsylvania, linked to a parasite often found in different kinds of fresh produce, according to an investigation notice posted to the agency’s website.
The CDC and Pennsylvania health officials are monitoring cyclosporiasis cases. Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, typically spread by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces.
Cyclosporiasis cases are monitored by federal health officials to detect outbreaks that may be linked to a common food source. It is unlikely that people can pass the parasite directly to one another, the CDC added.
Health care providers in Pennsylvania and other states are asked to report any Cyclosporiasis cases to the CDC.
The illness can cause frequent and, at times, explosive bowel movements, stomach cramps, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Flu-like…