Created on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A stomach bug that has sickened hundreds of people in several states has been reported in Ohio.
In this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample, which had been prepared using a 10% formalin solution, and stained with modified acid-fast stain, reveals the presence of four Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts in the field of view. Iowa and Nebraska health officials said Tuesday, July 30, 2013, that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states. Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. (AP Photo/Centerd for Disease Control and Prevention)
An Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman said Wednesday that one case has been reported in the state. Spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says a 63-year-old woman Lucas County woman in northwest Ohio was sickened by the bug. No other information on the woman was available from state or Toledo-Lucas County Health Department officials.
State and federal investigators are trying to determine the source of the bug attributed to a parasite called cyclospora that causes lengthy gastrointestinal illness.
The recent outbreak has sickened more than 370 people in 15 states. Some Iowa and Nebraska cases have been linked to eating pre-packaged salad mix. But federal health officials say salad mix isn't linked to all cases.