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Cyclosporiasis is a form of food poisoning that results from a parasitic infection. While cyclospora infections have long been a known risk of overseas travel to certain areas, in recent years we have seen a significant number of outbreaks across the United States.

Our attorneys represent individuals who have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis as a result of consuming contaminated foods. If you are experiencing symptoms of a cyclospora infection, it is important that you seek medical attention promptly. While most people will see their symptoms subside within a few weeks, if left untreated, cyclosporiasis has the potential to lead to long-term complications.

Q: What types of foods are known to carry cyclospora?

The most common cause of cyclosporiasis is actually the consumption of contaminated water. However, various foods can carry the cyclospora parasite as well, including:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Lettuce
  • Raspberries
  • Snap peas
  • Snow peas
  • Strawberries
  • Other fruits and vegetables

While washing fresh produce can help reduce the risk of cyclosporiasis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that this will not always be sufficient to prevent a cyclospora infection.

Q: What are the symptoms of a cyclospora infection?

The symptoms of cyclosporiasis are similar to those of many other types of food poisoning. Within a week of consuming contaminated food or water, a person who has been infected with cyclospora may experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Weight loss

Q: What is the prognosis for a person who has been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis?

Symptoms from cyclosporiasis can last for as little as a few days, or they may last a month or longer. Relapses of symptoms are common as well. One of the most-common complications of cyclosporiasis is dehydration, which can present particular concerns for young children, the elderly and individuals with certain serious illnesses. In most cases, however, individuals who receive a prompt diagnosis can fully recover with a treatment regimen of antibiotics and plenty of fluids.

Q: Is cyclosporiasis contagious?

According to the CDC, it is unlikely for cyclospora infections to be passed between humans: “Cyclospora needs time (days to weeks) after being passed in a bowel movement to become infectious for another person. Therefore, it is unlikely that Cyclospora is passed directly from one person to another.”

Q: What are my rights if I contracted cyclospora from contaminated water or produce?

If you contracted cyclospora from contaminated water or produce, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Under the law of product liability, producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers can be held liable selling contaminated foods that cause illnesses and injuries. For more information, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation.

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