Ontario province has reported 15 additional cases of the parasitic infection, Cyclosporiasis, in the past week, bringing the total in the province to 71 and the Canadian outbreak total to 81.
Canadian health agencies continue to investigate locally-acquired Cyclospora infections in four provinces- British Columbia (1), Alberta (2), Ontario (71), and Quebec (7).
One patient required hospitalization for their illness.
The source of the outbreak has not been identified. Imported fresh produce products are currently items of interest in the ongoing investigation.
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a protozoan parasite that is spread by people ingesting something – such as food or water – that was contaminated with feces.
Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms.
If not treated, the illness may last from a few days to a month or longer. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return one or more times (relapse). It’s common to feel very tired.
Cyclospora can be treated with antibiotics.