THE STRAWBERRY SICKNESS

A MYSTERIOUS INTESTINAL INFECTION IS STRIKING THE U.S. AND CANADA. IS UNWASHED FRUIT THE SOURCE?

It feels like the worst case of Montezuma's revenge you've ever had. Stomach cramps. Vomiting. Diarrhea that persists for days, if not weeks. The culprit? It could be raw vegetables, a fruit salad or those juicy fresh strawberries you just ate. At least that's what health officials were saying last week, when they announced that over the past two months a few hundred people in the U.S. and Canada have been stricken with a new and mysterious intestinal infection. So far, no deaths have been reported, although a few people have been hospitalized for severe dehydration. But what baffles the experts...

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