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Officials report 23 cases of intestinal illness in Florida

This is a scanning electron microscope image of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
This is a scanning electron microscope image of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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Updated: 7/27/2013 12:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida health officials say they're investigating 23 cases of a stomach bug that has infected more than 320 people in 14 states and New York City.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the cyclospora infections occurred from mid-June to early July. It's not clear whether the cases are all linked.

Cyclospora causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms. The illness spreads when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces. Previous outbreaks of cyclospora infections have been linked to various types of fresh vegetables and berries.

None of the patients in Florida have been hospitalized. The state's Department of Health says none of the Florida cases have a restaurant, food or social gathering in common.

(Copyright the Associated Press)
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