Cyclosporiasis outbreak found in county

By Melody Vallieu

Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY — An outbreak of Cyclosporiasis been found in Miami County.

According to Miami County Public Health’s (MCPH) Vicky Knisley-Henry, the department is investigating an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis after four confirmed cases have been identified in the area since May 31.

Cyclosporiasis is a gastrointestinal infection caused from ingesting foods or drinking water containing the parasite Cyclospora. Symptoms associated with a Cyclosporiasis infection are watery, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, but can also include loss of appetite, stomach pain/bloating, fatigue and extreme weight loss.

These individuals began to experience symptoms in early June and continue to have symptoms of diarrhea and nausea, said Knisley-Henry, who said three cases constitutes an outbreak.

“Right now we are still early in the investigation,” she said. “We know symptoms for individuals can last a few days up to months. So far the cases we have been notified about are still having symptoms that started in early June.”

If you are currently experiencing these symptoms contact your health care provider. Persons who may have had these symptoms in or around early June can call the MCPH hotline at (937) 573-3458.

More information on Cyclospora can be found at www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/index.html.

Knisley-Henry said the investigation into the source of the Cyclospora is under investigation.