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Fecal matter in food, water blamed for stomach bug in several states

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(WMC-TV) - A stomach bug outbreak has infected more than 250 people across several states. People are catching it from contaminated food and water.

The cyclospora infection first hit the United States in June. It comes from food and water contaminated with fecal matter.

"We have had food borne outbreaks in previous years from soil that has been contaminated with human feces and we've had it in products that are salads, green onions several years ago," said Dr. Helen Morrow, Shelby County Health Department.

So far, cases have been found in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Ohio.

There are no reports of it in Tennessee or Shelby County.

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