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DHH: Louisiana Has 2 Cases Of Rare Stomach Bug

DHH: Louisiana Has 2 Cases Of Rare Stomach Bug

Louisiana's state epidemiologist says the state has had only two known cases of the rare stomach bug called cyclospora — a parasite that has sickened 397 people in 16 states.

Dr. Raoult Ratard says both are men who became ill in early July, in Bienville and Terrebonne parishes.

In Nebraska and Iowa, the parasite has been traced to prepackaged salad. Officials haven't named the packager but have said the mix is probably off the shelves because it would have gone bad by now.

Ratard says the Terrebonne Parish man told investigators he ate salad during a trip to Texas, and the other said he hadn't eaten any.

Texas officials say they've had 122 reports of cyclospora, but don't have a link to salad mix.

It typically takes around a week for someone who is infected with cyclospora to become ill. In addition to diarrhea, other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, bloating, increased gas and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may also be present.

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