Cyclospora on the rise as cause of watery diarrhea

The CDC just announced that gastrointestinal infections with Cyclospora are on the rise.  

Patients with acute diarrhea, or diarrhea that persists beyond 2 weeks should be tested for this pathogen. 

Doctors need to keep in mind that Cyclospora must be requested specifically as typical stool examinations for ova and parasites do not test for it.

Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis include watery diarrhea that can be profuse, along with bloating, nausea, fatigue, weight loss and flatulence. Other symptoms can include fever, muscle aches (myalgia), and vomiting. The parasite is transmitted from contaminated food or water. Symptoms occur about 7 days after ingestion and can last for a few days to months if left untreated. Treatment is with Bactrim(trimetoprim/sulfamethoxazole), a sulfa drug. Unfortunately, according to the CDC, if you are allergic to sulfa drugs you will need to be monitored for recovery and provided supportive treatments.