Cyclospora: 2 La cases: no local produce link

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — 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 hundreds of people in at least 15 states.

Dr. Raoult (rah-OOHL) Ratard (ruh-TAHR) 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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