JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials say they have been notified of a third confirmed case of cyclospora infection.
The state Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday the latest report of the stomach bug came from a health provider in the Kansas City metro area. The others were reported earlier this week from Jackson County and Taney County.
The state health department said the sources of the Missouri cases have not been confirmed, and it's not clear if they're linked to cyclospora infections in more than a dozen other states.
Officials in Iowa and Nebraska have said they believe cases those two states are linked to bagged salad mix.
Cyclospora infections are mostly found in tropical or subtropical countries. Symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps or nausea.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials say they've been notified of two cases of intestinal illness from cyclospora.
The state Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday the reports came from health providers in Jackson County and southwest Missouri's Taney County.
The agency is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if Missouri's cases are linked to suspected outbreaks in several other states. The CDC says most of the reported illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July.
Missouri officials have not yet confirmed the source of the illnesses. Cyclospora infections are mostly found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in past instances.
Health providers advise people with diarrhea, severe stomach cramps or nausea to seek medical attention.
The conference began Tuesday at the Truman Hotel in Jefferson City and by Wednesday several attendees became sick with symptoms that include coughing, fever, chest pain, and muscle ache. By Thursday, 27 of the 100 association members had fallen ill with five taken to the hospital. One remains hospitalized.
Cape County Coroner John Clifton tells KTRS news he had to take his deputy to the hospital."He was there for five hours. They didn't know what it was. They assured it wasn't contagious." Clifton tells KTRS News among those ill are the Perry County coroner and both the Scott County coroner and his deputy.
The general manager of the Truman Hotel, Lisa Steiner, told KOMU-TV the Department of Health investigated the hotel today and could not find a problem. Steiner said the investigators were not able to advise her on any action to take. The rooms of those who became ill have been closed off.