The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation in several states of the parasitic infection cyclospora. The parasite travels most commonly on fresh produce and often results in such things as salad poisoning.
This investigation was in response to notification of two laboratory confirmed cases of cyclospora in Iowa residents.
What is Cyclospora?
The April 8, 2011 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report states that the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis is the cause of the infection. The report states that this food borne illness is most common in tropical and subtropical areas.
The Mayo Clinic provides excellent information on symptoms of cyclospora. According to the Mayo Clinic site, it may be possible to be infected with this parasite without being symptomatic.
In order to verify that an intestinal illness is in fact cyclospora, an official diagnosis from a physician is required. Once the infection is identified, the source must be located.
A number of people in Iowa and other states are reported to have fallen ill due to food contaminated with the microscopic parasite. The team assembled by the CDC is working to identify and contain the source of the reported infection.
What can you do?
Warnings and reports of foodborne illnesses and contamination can be found on the FDA website. If there is a question regarding contamination of food, the FDA is an excellent source of information.
When symptoms of cyclospora manifest, the best course of action is to contact a physician to confirm that the symptoms are, in fact, caused by the parasite. Once confirmed, the doctor can treat the condition effectively. Go to the doctor immediately if dehydration symptoms manifest.
Have you been a victim of food poisoning? We may be able to help.
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