In an update on the Cyclospora infections in Texas in the past two months, Texas Department of State Health Services Press Officer, Christine Mann said in an emailed statement to Outbreak News Today the number of cases are now 88.

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

This includes the 55 cases reported in July and 28 cases reported in August to date.

While the source of the infections have not been pinpointed, health officials suspect it is likely foodborne, possibly fresh produce,; however, all possible sources are being considered.

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.