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MINNEAPOLIS - A warning to thoroughly wash fruits and veggies after the CDC confirmed a case of a dangerous stomach bug in Minnesota.

The Cyclospora parasite has also popped up in Wisconsin, Iowa and 8 other states -- causing nearly 300 illnesses.

More than a dozen people have been hospitalized.

Experts say if you experience diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue -- go to a doctor.

The Centers for Disease Control reports just one case in our state...but just to our south in Iowa -- there are 138 cases.

Health officials say the food-bourne illness started to pop up in mid-June.

Doctors have not identified the source of this outbreak -- or even if the cases are connected.

What we do know is that cyclospora is typically linked to fresh produce -- or water contaminated with feces.

So what can you do to try to avoid it? It's pretty simple. Wash your hands..and your utensils.

The FDA recommends using hot, soapy water for 20 seconds before and after you handle food.

It will help keep down cross contamination. And if you do think you've come down with this bug...it can be treated with antibiotics.

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