NBC NEWS--State and federal food safety experts say a rare parasite known as Cyclospora is most likely behind the outbreak of a nasty stomach bug that has now sickened at least 353 people in 15 states, including Arkansas.
The Centers for Disease Control aren't sure how people are ingesting the parasite but in the past it has been linked to eating contaminated produce. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fatigue. It can be treated with antibiotics and fluids.
So far, cases have been reported in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York City, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio, according to The CDC.
In the meantime, The CDC suggests thoroughly washing your fruits and veggies several times to avoid infection.