Intestinal illness that has sickened 576 now in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An intestinal illness that has sickened more than 500 people in other states has been reported in South Dakota.

The state Department of Health says it’s not clear whether all the cases are from the same outbreak of cyclosporiasis (sy-kloh-SPOR’-eye-ah-sis), including the one in Meade County.

Nationally, health officials are investigating 576 cases in 19 states, with most occurring in June and July. Iowa has reported 153 cases and Nebraska, 56.

The outbreak is linked to a packaged salad mix from a plant in Mexico that has suspended its operation.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by a parasite on food or water. The illness can last a month or longer if not treated.

South Dakota’s last reported case was in 2008.

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