While the investigation continues in Texas, the number of Cyclospora cases continue to climb. The latest numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) show an increase of 19 cases since Tuesday, bringing the total number to 155.
Texas is not the only state reporting the parasitic infection, according to a CIDRAP report yesterday. The author writes that 21 states and New York City have reported cases as of July 29. In addition, she reports that a a percentage of cases were contracted during international travel.
As of yesterday, 235 cases have been reported so far this year nationwide.
In 2013, some 631 cases of the protozoan parasite were reported from 25 states and New York City. Forty-nine people required hospitalization for their illness and no deaths were reported. Looking for a job in health care? Check here to see what’s available
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. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page