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What is Cyclosporiasis?

Cyclosporiasis is a rare intestinal illness caused by the single-celled parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. In August 2013, an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis linked to salad products sold at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants in the Midwest sickened more than 550 people in 19 states. Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis food poisoning may include diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating, stomach cramps, muscle aches, and fever.

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.

Free Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by food poisoning caused by a Cyclosporiasis outbreak, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the contaminated food and we can help.

Cyclosporiasis Overview

Cyclosporiasis food poisoning is caused by Cyclospora cayetanensis, a bacterium composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope. The organism was originally thought to be a blue-green alga or a large variety of cryptosporidium. Cyclospora cayetanensis is the only species of this bacteria to be found in humans, and was first identified in 1977. A gradual increase in Cyclosporiasis illnesses began being reported in the mid-1980s, due in part to the emergence of advanced diagnostic technologies. More than 15,000 cases are reported each year in the U.S. The first known Cyclosporiasis outbreak in North America occurred in 1990, and was found to have been caused by contaminated water. Since then, several epidemics have been reported in the U.S. and Canada, the majority of which were linked to fruits and vegetables. In tropical and subtropical regions, cyclosporiasis outbreaks are common among the population and travelers to those areas have become infected as well.

Where does Cyclospora come from?

Cyclosporiasis spreads when people ingest water or food that has been contaminated with feces. For example, exposure to tainted water supplies among farm workers may have been the original source of Cyclospora cayetanensis outbreaks linked to raspberries in North America. Cyclospora takes from one to several weeks after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious. Because of this, Cyclosporiasis illnesses are unlikely to be passed directly from person to person. It is unknown whether infected animals can pass the illness to humans.

Cyclosporiasis Symptoms

Cyclosporiasis infects the small intestine, and typically causes varying degrees of the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Intestinal gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Low-grade fever

What are the serious complications of Cyclosporiasis?

Cyclosporiasis has been known to cause serious health complications including:

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • reactive arthritis
  • Reiter’s syndrome
  • biliary disease
  • acalculous cholecystitis

Since Cyclosporiasis infections are typically responsive to treatment, complications are most likely to occur in patients whose symptoms are not treated promptly. Intestinal infections are more commonly reported in patients with compromised immune systems.

Cyclosporiasis Food Poisoning Prevention

Avoiding potentially tainted food or water is recommended when traveling abroad. Drinking bottled or boiled water and avoiding fresh fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk of Cyclosporiasis infections in countries where the bacteria is commonly found. Improving sanitary conditions in developing countries is likely to help to reduce the risk of exposure. It is important to note that while washing produce at home may help to remove some Cyclospora cayetanensis bacteria, it may still remain on produce even after washing.

Do I Have a Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Cyclosporiasis outbreak lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Cyclosporiasis food poisoning cases in all 50 states.

Free Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by food poisoning caused by a Cyclosporiasis outbreak, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a If you or a loved one was injured by food poisoning caused by a Cyclosporiasis outbreak suit and we can help.

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