Raspberries Blamed for Cyclospora

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ATLANTA: Looks like strawberries are off the hook. Contaminated raspberries from Guatemala appear to have caused this spring's outbreak of cyclospora, the intestinal illnesses that infected some 850 people in the United States and Canada, federal health officials said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that when investigators traced 21 cases back to their source, they identified raspberries grown in some regions of Guatemala as the culprit. The fruits were contaminated with microscopic parasite that infects the small intestine and causes watery diarrhea. Antibiotics cure the infection, but diarrhea and other symptoms can last weeks. Jenifer Mattos