FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Missouri confirms another case of Cyclospora

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced on Tuesday that there has been another confirmed case of Cyclospora in the Kansas City metro area.

The most recent notification comes after Missouri saw five confirmed cases of Cyclospora in Jackson County, Taney County, Miller County and the Kansas City metro area. There are now a total of five confirmed cases of Cyclospora in Missouri.

The source of the illness has still not been found, but the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is working with the Centers for Disease control to find the potential source and to determine if these cases are linked to other cases in other states.

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite that is know to cause an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. Cyclospora are spread by ingestion of food or water that has been contaminated with feces. It is unlikely, however, that Cyclospora is able to be passed from one person to another.

Most cases of Cyclospora are found in tropical or subtropical regions, but outbreaks are known to occur from types of fresh produce that are produced in these regions.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services asks that anyone experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, which include prolonged diarrhea symptoms, severe stomach cramps or nausea, seek immediate medical attention.