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Intestinal Illness Invades Illinois

A rare food-borne intestinal illness spreading across the nation has made its way to Illinois and Sangamon County.

The state's Department of Public Health has confirmed four cases of the illness.

It's called cyclosporiasis and it has made hundreds of people sick in other states.

Symptoms include prolonged diarrhea, weight loss, cramps, and fatigue, among others.

Officials report none of the cases in Illinois have required hospitalization.

It's believed to be connected to imported fruits and vegetables.

"You get cyclosporiasis by coming in contact with food or water that's been contaminated with feces," said County Department of Health's Jim Stone.  "So it's a good opportunity to go ahead and remind the general public to make sure to cook foods properly to the appropriate temperatures, and that you also wash all of your fruits and vegetables, even if the packaging may say pre-washed."

Those who have reported the illness in Illinois, so far, live in Sangamon, Montgomery, Lake and Davies Counties.