An outbreak of Cyclosporiasis illnesses attributed to a recent Taylor Farms Salad recall has been reported to cause symptoms such as watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fever. As of August 16, 2013, at least 557 cases of Cyclosporiasis have been reported in 19 states around the country. The bacterium that causes the illness, Cyclospora cayetanensis, is rarely found in the United States, and thought to be endemic in certain semitropical regions.
Cyclosporiasis Food Poisoning Update 8/27/13: Not all of the more than 600 cases involved in the recent Cyclospora food poisoning outbreak are related to each other, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week. “The preliminary analysis of results from this ongoing cluster investigation in Texas does not show a connection to salad mix, leafy greens, and salad mix components produced at Taylor Farms de Mexico,” the CDC said. Click here to learn more.
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What Are The Symptoms Of Cyclosporiasis?
Cyclospora cayetanensis, a rare bacterial pathogen, can cause serious complications to a person’s gastrointestinal system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was first notified of the outbreak of Cyclosporiasis illnesses on June 28, 2013, by two residents of Iowa. The CDC launched an investigation into the source of the outbreak and determined that it was not caused by international travel. However, the exact source has not yet been successfully identified.
The investigation has narrowed down the parasite as coming from fresh produce and prepackaged salads. A person can also contract Cyclosporiasis by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated. Cyclospora is different from most other foodborne illnesses because it takes days or even weeks for telltale symptoms to appear.
“There is no person-to-person transmission. … It has to go through a host, usually contaminated food,” said Dr. Edward Dominguez, a doctor at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas.
Signs and symptoms of Cyclosporiasis may include:
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Intestinal gas
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Low-grade fever
How can I tell if my symptoms are caused by Cyclosporiasis?
Due to the fact that the above-listed symptoms may be indicative of any number of medical conditions, the only way to know for sure if you have Cyclosporiasis is by making a doctor appointment and taking a stool sample. If you suspect that you may have this illness, you should contact your physician right away.
For the treatment for Cyclosporiasis, your doctor may prescribe the antibiotic medication trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra). For individuals who cannot take sulfa, ciprofloxacin (Cipro) or nitazoxanide (Alinia) may be prescribed.
Click here for more information about the symptoms of Cyclospora from the Mayo Clinic.
Do I Have a Cyclospora Outbreak Lawsuit?
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