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285 in 11 states had unidentified stomach bug

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Data on cases as of 5 p.m. on July 24, 2013 (CDC graphic) Data on cases as of 5 p.m. on July 24, 2013 (CDC graphic)
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Federal health authorities now say that more than 285 people in 11 states have come down with a stomach bug that could be linked to food borne illness.

Initial reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked the bug to four states.

Doctors say the cyclospora infection causing diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms has been reported in Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio Texas, and Wisconsin. The CDC said eighteen people have been hospitalized and the reported illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July.

The CDC says no food items have been implicated to date.

It is not yet clear whether the cases from all of the states are part of the same outbreak.  No common events (like social gatherings) have been identified among the case patients.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are most often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

The illness is usually spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces. The agency said it isn't yet clear whether the cases from all of the states are linked.

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