Federal health officials are investigating a Cyclosporaoutbreak linked to fresh basil that has so far sickened 132 people in 11 states, part of a steep increase at the national level.

The past several summers have seen rises in domestically acquired infections from the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, which is spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with feces. Profuse diarrhea that can last weeks to months is a hallmark of Cyclospora infection.

Outbreaks are typically linked to imported fresh produce, such as raspberries, basil, cilantro, and snow peas.

Multiple clusters fuel steep rise

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