New Stomach Bug Outbreak Spreading Across the Country: What You Need to Know

stomach bugHere's a big summer bummer for you -- there's a mysterious new stomach bug known as Cypress 4 spreading across the United States. So far it's sickened more than 250 people and sent at least 10 people to the hospital. And that's just the people that we know about. Experts say it's difficult to detect, so there are likely many more cases out there.

Great. Just when we're fully enjoying the glorious days of summer -- a stomach bug is the last thing we need. I think of the family vacations that will be interrupted, and the days meant to be spent at the pool or beach spent hovering near a restroom. While outbreaks are never welcome, they're at least easier to accept when they don't come when we most want to be outside. But here we are, and here's what you need to know about this bad bug.

According to the CDC, cases of the Cyclospora infection have been reported in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, cramping, bloating, fatigue, and weight loss, and they can last for more than a month.

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The good news is that the disease isn't spread from person to person. Rather it's a parasite that's usually spread by people eating or drinking something -- often fresh produce. It's typically found overseas in tropical climates, but the puzzling thing about this outbreak is that the people affected didn't have a history of international travel in the weeks before they fell ill. It's also not know if the outbreaks are linked.

While they attempt to figure it out, be on the lookout for any signs of it in your family. According to ABC, anyone who has had these symptoms for more than a few days should ask their doctor about the possibility of being infected with the bug. Apparently there's a special test they can do, and if you do prove to have it there's an antibiotic that will help rid you of the symptoms. But since it's a new outbreak, and not something typically tested for, you need to ask.

Have any of your family members been affected by this stomach bug?

 

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nonmember avatar Jadeous

We are on a crosscountry road trip. I have been having these symptoms and thought it was just traveling anxiety. We ate produce in Texas and if this keeps up maybe i should go to a doctor.

allst... allstarmommy

My family had this stomach flu last week , it was so horrible ! You can't keep anything in your stomach for longer than 10 mins and then your running to the bathroom. It was 72 hours of pure hell !!!!!


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nymom13 nymom13

We never get these stomach bugs so I'm not too worried about my daughter and me catching it, but it's good information to know.

miche... micheledo

Hmmm.  My in-laws have had a stomach bug for a few weeks now.  I might mention this to them.

Melan... MelanieJK

Nope.     Our fresh veggies are all from our garden this time of year so that might help.     Still gotta get the fresh summer fruit from the roadside stands and farmers market though... 

nonmember avatar ky

If you're just gonna comment "We never get these stomach bugs so I'm not too worried" Or "Nope, not me. I cant get it. I eat from gardens". Whats the point of commenting? You're suppose to post something helpful! Just wondering.... In Other news, I live in WI and haven't heard of anything, but doing a vinegar wash on all produce. That is suppose to kill most things. But killing a parasite is a long stretch.

nonmember avatar JJ

Haha I live in IA and know someone who got this, the other day my mom forgot to wash my cucumber in soap before she peeled it so she washed it in dishsoap after it was peeled. It was garden grown in our yard but a cucumber dipped in soap? Not edible. Make sure wash your fruits and vegetables (even homegrown), and BEFORE you wash them with soap/vinegar etc.

Kayleen Peavy

Please everyone be careful. This bug put my 3 year old in the hospital, unresponsive, and close to death. No joke. He couldnt even walk, talk, or respond to me beyond an eyelid flutter. I had to call 911. It happened OVERNIGHT. He went to bed fine, and almost didn't wake up, lying in his own mess. He didnt even cry, just slept and got sick all night, and felt so bad just continued to sleep during all of it. He recovered, but was delirious, and not himself for a little over a week. No fever! Didn't even know it was so bad until it was almost to late. Severe dehydration can happen SOOOO quickly with this, and he got it from DRINKING CONTAMINATED WATER. So just be careful, alert and stay safe. I'm in illinois btw...its here too. 

nativ... nativemama18

If it is dish soap it fine otherwise you might as well stop eating off your plate ding dong

JLo1486 JLo1486

Considering most of our produce is from other countries and states, it's no surprise people are getting this from produce. Considering all the damn fruit flies I've gotten everytime I buy produce, I've switched to frozen.

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