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Cyclospora is a one-celled parasite. Cyclospora parasites are invisible to the human eye. They are too small to see even with a microscope. Cyclospora parasites are spread through human feces (poop). When people eat imported fresh produce that has been contaminated with human feces, they can be exposed to Cyclospora parasites. Once eaten, Cyclospora parasites can cause a type of food poisoning called cyclosporiasis. This is why our Cyclospora Lawyer recommends urgent medical attention for anyone who suspects that they have Cyclospora.
If you have been diagnosed with Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis), a Cyclospora lawyer may be able to help you get compensation in a Cyclospora lawsuit. Contact our Cyclospora lawyer at The Lange Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation today.
That is a tricky question. The general answer is that it can last a long time. For example, those who have prolonged illnesses tend to see a cycle where they get better for a bit and get sick again. This is because you essentially are “reinfecting” yourself as the parasite lives its life cycle. Because illnesses can last weeks – or even months – medical attention is recommended to help kill the parasite.
Sometimes, but not usually. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX), sold under the trade names Bactrim, Septra, and Cotrim, is the usual therapy for Cyclospora infection. No highly effective alternative antibiotic regimen has been identified yet for patients who do not respond to the standard treatment or have a sulfa allergy.
You can likely continue to reinfect yourself as the cycle of the parasite continues. This is why medical treatment is necessary to help reduce the duration and severity of the illness.
Untreated cyclospora infections can lead to long-term complications. These complications include: malabsorption (inability for intestines to absorb nutrients), ongoing bowel issues, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), and Reiter’s Syndrome or Reactive Arthritis (inflammation and pain in joints). Those who are elderly, very young, or have compromised immune systems are the most likely to develop reoccurrence of the infection and/or complications.
Cyclospora infection is diagnosed by examining stool specimens. Diagnosis can be difficult in part because even patients who are symptomatic might not shed enough oocysts in their stool to be readily detectable by laboratory examinations. Therefore, patients might need to submit several specimens collected on different days. Identification of the parasite requires special laboratory tests that are not routinely done when stool is tested for parasites. Therefore, if indicated, health care providers should specifically request testing for Cyclospora.
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Cyclospora spreads when people eat food or drink water infested with Cyclospora parasites. Cyclospora are one-celled parasites that are invisible to the human eye. You cannot see, smell, or taste them. You can eat Cyclospora parasites on imported produce without even realizing it.
Food and water can become contaminated with Cyclospora parasites through contact with human feces (poop). People infected with Cyclospora parasites excrete the parasites through their feces. Cyclospora becomes infectious days or weeks after being passed in feces. According to the Mayo Clinic, “…it’s unlikely that you can get the infection directly from a person infected with Cyclospora, such as a restaurant worker who doesn’t wash his or her hands adequately after using the toilet.”
Cyclospora symptoms often include:
Less common symptoms that are sometimes present with Cyclospora infection include:
Sometimes people can have a Cyclospora infection without having any symptoms.
Symptoms of Cyclospora infection usually begin 2 days to 2 weeks after eating food contaminated with Cyclospora parasites.
If left untreated, Cyclosporiasis symptoms can last for several weeks to a month. In some cases, symptoms can last even longer. Diarrhea may return. Fatigue may continue even after the gastrointestinal symptoms stop.
Yes. If left untreated, Cyclospora infections can relapse. Symptoms may seem like they are going away only to come back again one or more times (relapse).
Cyclospora infections can happen at any time. But in the U.S., Cyclospora infections are most common in the Spring and Summer months, from May to August.
Call your doctor and seek out medical treatment. If left untreated, Cyclospora infections can last for weeks. In some cases, Cyclospora infections last even longer. Without treatment, Cyclospora symptoms can also come back again (you can relapse).
Also, you can get cyclosporiasis more than once. All the more reason to call your doctor and seek out medical treatment if you think you might have a Cyclospora infection. After properly treating your infection, consider scheduling a free consultation with an experienced Cyclospora lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation in a Cyclospora lawsuit.
Cyclospora infections are often treated with combination of two sulfa antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (also known as Bactrim, Septra, or Cotrim). Antibiotic treatment can kill the Cyclospora parasites, preventing them from coming back and making you sick again.
People experiencing diarrhea should also drink plenty of fluids and rest.
Ask your doctor to test your stool (poop) for Cyclospora. There are special laboratory tests for detecting Cyclospora parasites. Unfortunately, these tests are not part of many standard lab tests. So ask your doctor to specifically test your stool for Cyclospora.
Your doctor needs to request that the lab specifically test for Cyclospora. Without the right tests, a Cyclospora infection can be missed.
If you have eaten a food that was recalled because of a Cyclospora outbreak, be sure to tell your doctor.
If you give a stool test without getting the right tests for Cyclospora, you may have to give the stool test again later. Better to get the right tests done the first time. The sooner your doctor can find out whether your have Cyclospora or some other type of food poisoning, the sooner they can begin the right treatment for you and help you to get better.
There can be long-term health consequences of Cyclospora infection. Cyclospora infections have been associated with chronic health complications like Guillain-Barre Syndrome and reactive arthritis.
Imported fresh produce is the most common cause of Cyclospora infections in the U.S. Recent Cyclospora outbreaks have been caused by:
If you have been diagnosed with a Cyclospora infection (cyclosporiasis), you may have a Cyclospora food poisoning claim. If the food that gave you Cyclospora parasites can be identified, you can sue the store or restaurant where you bought the bad food. You can also sue the manufacturer who sold food infested with Cyclospora parasites if a food manufacturer was at fault. A Cyclospora lawyer can help you file a claim for compensation or a Cyclospora lawsuit. Contact our experienced Cyclospora lawyer at The Lange Law Firm for a free legal consultation today.
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