More than 100 people fell ill due to a food-borne parasite they allegedly picked up at a suburban golf course, authorities said.
Skokie health officials said they believe it happened during a July 3rd celebration at Evanston Golf Club, which is located in Skokie, where some 950 members and guests gathered for a big picnic and fireworks. Many of them started feeling sick about a week later, and when they compared notes they realized the common thread was the event at the club.
The cause was Cyclosporiasus, a food-borne illness caused by microscopic parasites.
Dr. Catherine Counard from the Skokie Health Department said people generally become ill about a week after ingesting the parasites. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue.