Illinois’ first case of the rare stomach virus Cyclospora appears to have dissapated. Sangamon County Public Health Director Jim Stone says the state’s first case was, in fact, in Sangamon County but the person’s symptoms have nearly disappeared.
Cyclospora, characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, bloating and other problems comes after a person eats unwashed, undercooked food or drinks water that’s come in contact with feces. Stone says there’s a way to guard against that.
“Making sure that things are cooked properly, that food is stored properly, and most importantly that you clean your food properly,” says Stone. “Just looking at something you may get at the store, and says ‘pre-washed, clean and ready,’ … wash it.”
Two other Illinois cases make up the more than 350 nationwide — one is in Montgomery County, the other in Lake County. Stone says the Sangamon County case was likely contracted out of state.