Stomach bug outbreak caused by Cyclospora parasite spreads to Ohio

CLEVELAND - A parasite is being blamed for a mysterious illness that has now hit the state of Ohio.

The CDC reports the number of people sickened by a spreading stomach bug has reached 285 people in 11 states, including the Buckeye State.

Much still remains unclear about the outbreak but it is now being attributed to a parasite called Cyclospora, according to ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser.

The parasite travels on food imported from outside the U.S. but experts cannot pinpoint exactly which ones. Snow peas, basil and berries have caused issues in the past.

Cyclospora stows away in the body and then about a week later begins causing stomach pain and diarrhea, Besser says. Other symptoms include weight loss, bloating and fatigue.

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