A Meade County resident is South Dakota’s first case of cyclosporiasis, the Department of Health reported Friday.
Nationally, health officials are investigating an outbreak of the infection totaling 576 cases from 19 states, with most occurring in June and July. The outbreak is linked to a packaged salad mix from a Mexico plant which has suspended operation. It is not clear whether all the cases are from the same outbreak, including South Dakota’s case.
Neighboring states Iowa and Nebraska have borne the brunt of the outbreak with 153 and 56 cases, respectively.
Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. Infection can occur when people consume food or water contaminated with the parasite. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, with frequent bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever and other flu-like symptoms may also occur. The illness can last a month or longer if not treated.
More information about cyclosporiasis infection and the outbreak can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/.