What is Cyclosporiasis and is it a Danger to You?

What is cyclosporiasis?

There are numerous different microbial dangers to the human body, but parasites are one of the largest and most common groups of threats. Intestinal parasites can easily gain access to a person by them consuming something that carries it, often food or water that is contaminated by fecal waste. Cyclospora is one such parasite, and the condition it can cause is known as cyclosporiasis.

What are the symptoms?

The infection is centered around the small intestine and usually takes over a week to show symptoms. Common symptoms of cyclosporiasis are watery diarrhea, frequent bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Without proper treatment, these symptoms can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

Where does Cyclospora come from?

The parasite is usually found in more humid and temperate locations. On a similar note, Cyclospora tends to increase in frequency during summer months, with spikes in cases being common from June to September. In the United States, cases are often linked to imported produce such as basil, snow peas, or cilantro, but the parasite is frequently carried back from someone who traveled to a temperate location.

What should you do if you are infected?

If you believe that you or someone you know is suffering from cyclosporiasis, be sure to inform a medical professional as soon as possible to prevent spread receive proper treatment. If you possess produce you believe may be contaminated with the parasite, getting in contact with a microbiological testing facility to be certain can allow you to be sure and help prevent locations from selling more contaminated food to other people.

For more information on how you can avoid Cyclospora infections, be sure to read what the CDC says about it here.

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