Posted at: 07/04/2013 7:15 AM

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Iowa Officials Monitor Intestinal Infection Cases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa health officials are monitoring a spike in cases of an intestinal infection caused by a parasite.
    
The state Department of Public Health announced Wednesday seven cases of cyclospora infection in five counties in the past two weeks. The department says there have only been 10 cases reported in the state in the previous 20 years.
    
The Des Moines Register reports cases have been reported in Benton, Des Moines, Fayette, Linn and Webster counties. The infection can cause severe diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days.
    
Officials say consuming tainted food or water can cause the infection, and previous outbreaks have been traced to fresh produce. Consumers are being urged to carefully wash their produce.

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