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Health officials investigating 19 cases of Cyclospora in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin health officials now say they’re investigating 19 cases of the rare stomach illness Cyclospora.

It’s possible that only six of the cases are linked to a national outbreak in which 535 people apparently got sick from eating a bagged salad mix made in Mexico.

State epidemiologist Justin Kohl says it’s plausible that not all of Wisconsin’s cases are from the same source. He tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that doctors are becoming more aware and vigilant about Cyclospora – and as a result, many of the state’s cases may not be related to an outbreak that has covered 18 states.

Six Wisconsin cases of Cyclospora were reported a few weeks ago. Three were in Grant County, with the rest in Milwaukee and Brown counties.

The FDA said it found clusters of illnesses from those eating a salad mix from Taylor Farms de Mexico, served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska.

The same thing was not found in any of the other states. Texas has the most cases with 215, followed by Iowa with 153. Most of Iowa’s cases were in the Cedar Rapids area.