Cyclospora Outbreak Increases to 275 Cases in Nine States

Posted on July 24, 2013

The CDC says there are now over 275 cases of Cyclospora infection in nine states. The latest case count map can be found here. The CDC has also published a Cyclosporiasis FAQ. The CDC says the main symptom of the infection, caused by a tiny one celled parasite - is "watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements." Other symptoms can include loss of appetite, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and fatigue. The CDC says the symptoms can last "from a few days to a month or longer." No one wants diarrhea that last a month or longer.

Previous outbreak investigations of cyclospora have implicated various types of fresh produce (typically imported produce). Produce is where the CDC and FDA are focusing their investigation. However, no food items have been implicated to date. The investigators are not even sure yet if the cases are all part of the same outbreak. Hopefully, they will find the source soon.

Here is the CDC's Dr. Barbara Herwaldt explaining what investigators know so far about the outbreak. Take a look: