The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an additional 402 domestically acquired cyclosporiasis illnesses in the past month.
This brings the cumulative total to 864 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in people who had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset have been reported to CDC by 35 jurisdictions, including 34 states and New York City.
59 people required hospitalization for their illness and no deaths have been reported. The onset of illness dates go from May through August.
No common source has yet been found. Previous U.S. outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have been linked to various types of fresh produce, including basil, cilantro, mesclun lettuce, raspberries, and snow peas.
Cyclosporiasis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by Cyclospora cayetanensis. Illness is caused by consuming contaminated food and water. Symptoms include: watery diarrhea, (with frequent, sometimes explosive stools), loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal cramping/bloating, increased flatus, nausea, and prolonged fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted. If untreated, relapse may occur. Cyclosporiasis is treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.
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