More cases of Cyclosporiasis confirmed in United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday that six new cases of Cyclosporiasis have been confirmed in the United States since September 10.

There have been 642 confirmed cases of Cyclosporiasis in 25 states after an initial June outbreak in Iowa. Ten cases were recently retracted by the CDC because they did not meet its outbreak case definition.

The people who have been infected range from one to 92 years old, with average cases at 52 years of age. Fifty-seven percent of patients have been females and of the 578 people who there is information on, only 45 were hospitalized. There have been no deaths from the Cyclosporiasis outbreak to date.

The CDC expects more cases of Cyclosporiasis to emerge. Cases that occurred after August 7 may not be reported yet because of the usual gap between when an illness happens and when it is reported.

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

It is unlikely that Cyclospora will pass 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.