#1: CDC Warns of Increase in Cyclospora cayetanensis Infections in United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network issued a health advisory this afternoon stating that it is working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as state and local health departments to investigate an increase in reports of cyclosporiasis.
Health care providers are advised to “consider a diagnosis of cyclosporiasis in patients with prolonged or remitting-relapsing diarrheal illness.” Because testing for cyclospora
is not routinely completed in most US laboratories, health care providers must specifically order the test for the parasite, regardless of whether “testing is requested by ova and parasite (O&P) examination, by molecular methods, or by a gastrointestinal pathogen panel test.”
Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; health care providers should report suspect and confirmed cases of infection to public health authorities.
According to the CDC, “Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis
.” Consumption of contaminated food or water can lead to infection; however, the parasite is not transferable from one person to another.
Learn more about the increase in cyclospora cayetanensis infections, here
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