Cyclospora cayetanensis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is linking its program to more closely monitor fresh Mexican cilantro to a drop in domestically acquired Cyclospora cayetanensis infections. According to a Sept. 19 update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Sept. 16 there were at least 134 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis with…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-stethoscope-calculator-symbol-health-care-costs-medical-insurance-image52130714The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service…

Just like last summer, illnesses involving prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis are spreading across the country from Texas. Public health officials suspect the parasite is riding into the United States on contaminated fresh produce grown in Mexico for the U.S. market. They just don’t yet know the…

The parasite cyclospora has gained notoriety this week as it’s been revealed to be responsible for over 170 illnesses in the Midwest in June. What is this organism that is a relatively rare cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S.? Here’s a little primer: What is cyclospora? Cyclospora is a parasite composed of one…