Cyclospora case confirmed in Missouri

A health provider notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Friday about a confirmed case of Cyclospora.

The recent confirmed case of Cyclospora brings the total confirmed cases to four. The MDHSS previously announced cases coming from health providers in Jackson County, Taney County and the Kansas City metro area.

The source of the illness has not been confirmed. The MDHSS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies to discover whether these cases of Cyclospora are linked to other cases in different states.

The MDHSS advised that anyone experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, which can include prolonged diarrhea symptoms, severe stomach cramps or nausea, should seek immediate medical attention.

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite that causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. Cyclospora are spread by ingestion of something, usually food or water, that has been contaminated with feces.

It is unlikely, however, that Cyclospora is able to passed from one person to another. Most cases of Cyclospora are found in tropical or subtropical regions, but outbreaks have been known to occur from types of fresh produce.