In a follow-up on non-travel related Cyclospora illnesses in Canada year to date, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) now reports 299 cases through August 15.
Of this total, 263 cases have been reported in Ontario, followed by Quebec (25), British Columbia (10) and Nova Scotia (1).
Six hospitalizations and no deaths have been reported.
PHAC is working with its public health and food safety partners to identify possible ways infections are occurring in Canada. Previous Cyclospora illnesses have been linked to various types of imported fresh produce, including pre-packaged salad mix, basil, cilantro, berries, lettuce, and snow and snap peas.
Cyclosporiasis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. People can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite.
Illness typically results in watery diarrhea, and can include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and fatigue. These symptoms can appear approximately 1-2 weeks after ingestion of the contaminated source. If untreated, symptoms can last as long as one month or longer and can return one or more times. Infection is generally not transmitted directly from person-to-person.
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