Nationally, 347 Cyclospora infections have been reported in individuals without a history of international travel in the United States since May 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In Los Angeles County, health officials are reporting an increase in the number of reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis infection nationally during summer 2017. Between June 1 and August 1, 2017, 14 confirmed or suspect Cyclospora cases were reported.
This compares only seven cases were reported in the county during 2016 with a single case in June or July.
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Texas, which has reported the most cases, reports more than 250 cases this summer.
The CDC says that at this time, no specific vehicle of interest has been identified, and investigations to identify a potential source (or sources) of infection are ongoing. It is too early to say whether cases of Cyclospora infection in different states are related to each other or to the same food item(s).
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