Cyclosporiasis 2003

Cyclosporiasis is caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. Cyclospora is transmitted by drinking water or eating food contaminated with feces. The primary source of the parasite is unknown. Transmission from person to person is unlikely due to the parasite’s need to mature in soil or another warm, moist environment before it can infect another person. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include watery diarrhea, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and low-grade fever.

There were no reported cases of cyclosporiasis in Indiana in 2003. During the five-year period 1999-2003, there was one reported case.

You can learn more about cyclosporiasis by visiting the following Web site:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/cyclospora/factsht_cyclospora.htm.