Cyclospora cayetanensis is a coccidian (= intestinal) parasite that causes a diarrheal disease known as cyclosporiasis in humans and possibly in other primates.
It belongs to the phylum Apicomplexa and the genus Cyclospora. The species name, "cayetanensis," refers to the Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, where early epidemiological and taxonomic work on this parasite was conducted.
Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal cramps, nausea, and sometimes low-grade fever. The severity of the illness can vary based on factors such as age, the condition of the host, and the size of the infectious dose.
Infection with Cyclospora cayetanensis occurs when individuals consume food or water contaminated with the parasite. People living or traveling in countries where cyclosporiasis is endemic may be at an increased risk of infection. The oocysts are shed in the stool of infected individuals and need favorable laboratory conditions to sporulate and become infective. Cyclosporiasis can also be acquired from contaminated produce, leading to outbreaks in developed countries.
How is Cyclospora infection treated?
The recommended treatment is a combination of two antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, also known as Bactrim, Septra, or Cotrim. People who have diarrhea should also rest and drink plenty of fluids.
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