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Iowa Cyclospora outbreak total now at 127 cases, Connecticut and Georgia added to the outbreak picture

The case count in the Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa and nationwide continues to rise, with the latest numbers from the Iowa Dept. of Public Health  reporting 127 cases, or 47 percent of the national total.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting a total of 269 cases from eight states. In addition to Iowa, state reporting cases of the parasitic infection include Nebraska (68), Texas (65), Wisconsin (4), Georgia (2), Connecticut (1), Illinois (1), and Kansas (1).

At least 10 persons reportedly have been hospitalized.

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope. This parasite causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis.

Cyclospora is spread by people ingesting something – such as food or water – that was contaminated with the parasite.  Cyclospora needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person. Therefore, it is unlikely that Cyclospora is passed directly from one person to another.

LISTEN: Iowa Cyclospora Outbreak: A Few Words With Dr. Patricia Quinlisk

Cyclosporiasis cases notified to CDC, by state

Cyclosporiasis cases notified to CDC, by state

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