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Florida cyclospora cases increase by one, brings total to 24

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today announced one additional case of  cyclospora in Florida, which brings the current total to 24 cases, including one hospitalization.

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

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

DOH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other federal agencies and health departments, to investigate cases of cyclospora nationwide in an attempt to identify the source of the infection.

Onset dates of cyclospora cases in Florida range from the beginning of June to mid-July. Currently, the average case age is 57.5 years, with a range of 22-78 years of age. The current case count consists of 14 females and 10 males.

At this time, there are no identified links to common restaurants or food ingredients found among the 24 cases, as in other states.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis.

People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. People living or traveling in countries where cyclosporiasis is endemic may be at increased risk for infection.

Cyclospora usually causes diarrhea with frequent bowel movements. Other common symptoms of cyclospora infection
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.

Cyclospora is not contagious and cannot be passed directly from one person to another.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified of 353 cases of Cyclospora infection from Florida and 14 other health departments to include Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York City, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Ohio.

At least 21 persons reportedly have been hospitalized in three states.

 

 

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