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Stomach bug making way across US but Arizona not hit

PHOENIX -- A serious stomach bug has hit 11 states and sickened 300 people but so far the outbreak hasn't reached Arizona.

Cyclospora is not new but the parasite is making a comeback. It can cause cramping, fatigue and diarrhea. Cases have been reported in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin. The farthest western state is Texas.

Jessica Rigler with the Arizona Department of Health Services said people could confuse the stomach bug with food poisoning. The department has alerted doctors and hospitals statewide to be on the lookout for cases.

The source of the outbreak hasn't been pinpointed but it's possible that a tiny parasite is coming from foods from overseas. It takes from two to 14 days to develop and the intestinal issues can linger for a month. The bug can be treated with antibiotics.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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