By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on a report earlier this week, The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reports in addition to the outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Northern Virginia, they are investigating an outbreak in Central Virginia.

Cyclospora oocysts
Oocysts of C. cayetanensis viewed under differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy.
Image/CDC DPDx

Since May 1, 2019 there have been 39 confirmed cases of Cyclosporiasis in Virginia. The five-year average for the same time frame from 2014 to 2018 was 9 cases.

Workplace cafeterias in the following locations are part of the ongoing investigation:

Capital One Building at 1600 Capital One Drive, McLean, VA 22102

Valo Park Building at 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102

CarMax at 12800 Tuckahoe Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA 23238

These cafeterias are not widely accessible to the general public. Health officials are working directly with business owners and affected individuals.

A food or water source of these outbreaks has not yet been identified. Public health investigations are complex and it takes time to gather information about exposures, risk factors and illnesses.  In some cases outbreak investigations may not identify a likely source.