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Cyclospora Food Poisoning Lawyer & Lawsuit

Infections with the Cyclospora parasite can cause serious intestinal illnesses, with victims suffering months of watery diarrhea, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting food poisoning induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was infected with the Cyclospora parasite, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Cyclospora Outbreaks in 2018 and 2019

Overview

Cyclospora Food Poisoning

Cyclospora food poisoning is caused by infection from the Cyclospora cayetanesis parasite, which results in a persistent gastrointestinal illness. The parasite spreads through feces, and large outbreaks typically occur when sewage contaminates water that is sprayed on fresh produce. Cyclospora is not highly contagious and it is rare to spread directly from person-to-person contact.

How Common Are Cyclospora Outbreaks?

Cyclospora outbreaks are uncommon in the United States. However, the parasite is prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical countries. In the mid-1990s, outbreaks of Cyclospora food poisoning were traced to imported fresh produce (basil, raspberries, snow peas, and mesclun lettuce) grown in these countries.

What is Cyclosporiasis?

Cyclosporiasis is the name of the gastrointestinal illness caused by the Cyclospora parasite. After a person ingests the parasite, it has a quiet incubation period of about a week. During this time, the parasite infects the small intestine (bowel) and proliferates. Once the parasite becomes contagious, it causes a watery diarrhea with small, frequent, and explosive bowel movements.

According to the CDC, the recommended treatment for cyclosporiasis is a combination of two antibiotics, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Life-threatening infections are rare, but patients may need to be hospitalized.

Symptoms of Cyclospora Food Poisoning

Symptoms of food poisoning caused by Cyclospora may last only a few days or persist for several months. Without treatment, symptoms persist for an average of 57 days. Symptoms may go away and return (relapse). Patients often feel very tired.

Symptoms of cyclospora infection include:

  • Diarrhea (watery, explosive)
  • Fatigue (feeling tired)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Intestinal gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Low-grade fever

Do I have a Cyclospora Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting food poisoning induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was infected with the Cyclospora parasite, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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