Cyclospora Outbreak in Canada

Posted by on Monday, August 10, 2015
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Public Health are warning that there is an outbreak of cyclospora with several dozen cases being investigated.

Cyclospora is a protozoan that causes disease in humans. It has been linked in the United States to fecally contaminated imported raspberries and was virtually unknown before about 1990, but has been on the rise since.

The health risk associated with the disease is usually confined to adult foreigners visiting regions where the species is endemic and acquiring the infection.

It is very unlikely one would contract the infection directly from an infected person.

Cyclospora is usually treated with two antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Those infected are also advised to drink plenty of liquids to replace lost body fluids from diarrhea. 
The illness is generally not serious.

Most infected people experience:
  • watery diarrhea
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • stomach cramps and nausea
  • abdominal bloating and increased gas and 
  • fatigue

If you think that your may have contracted cyclospora, contact your health care provider.

The Team

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