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Health officials in Iowa are warning you to wash your fruits and veggies

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Health officials in Iowa are warning you to wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly this 4th of July holiday.

That's because of a possible outbreak of Cyclospora.

It's a parasite that can cause symptoms of severe diarrhea and fatigue.

It can last nearly 2 months.

It's worst for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

Seven cases of Cyclospora have diagnosed in 5 Iowa counties in the last 2 weeks.

Those counties are Benton, Linn, Webster, Fayette and Des Moines.

Two other Midwestern states are also reporting possible outbreaks.

An investigation in to what's causing cases is underway.

But in the meantime, Health officials say it's hard to get Cyclospora off produce... so to protect yourself, you should wash fruits and vegetables very well.

And if you experience any of the symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

There is treatment available.

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