cy·​clo·​spo·​ra | \ ˌsī-klō-ˈspȯr-ə \

Definition of cyclospora

: any of a genus (Cyclospora of the order Coccidia) of sporozoans including one (C. cayetanensis) causing diarrhea in humans

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Iowa’s Department of Public Health said Thursday 15 people in that state reported getting sick with cyclospora infections after eating McDonald’s salads between late June and early July. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "McDonald’s Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora Illnesses," 13 July 2018 Cyclosporiasis is caused by a microscopic parasite, known as cyclospora, found in food or water that has been contaminated with feces. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "McDonald’s Removes Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Outbreak in Midwest," 13 July 2018 Consumers can also protect themselves from foodborne illnesses by cooking raw produce, which kills most pathogens including parasites like cyclospora. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Cyclospora? Parasite Linked to Del Monte Vegetables Has Sickened More Than 200," 10 July 2018 The outbreak of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite, was first tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in mid-June, after 78 people were reported ill across the region. Fox News, "At least 212 people hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetable trays," 10 July 2018 Those affected have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "More than 200 hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetables; symptoms can include 'explosive' bowel movements," 9 July 2018 In 1996, more than 1,000 people were sickened by cyclospora parasites, catching health officials off guard and prompting them to step up food testing to try to trace the source of the outbreak. Mihir Zaveri,, "Vegetable trays linked to outbreak," 7 July 2018 The number of cyclospora infections reported in Wisconsin, believed to be tied to vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip stores, has risen more than tenfold in less than two weeks. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cyclospora outbreak worsens by tenfold in Wisconsin, with new cases in Milwaukee area," 21 June 2018 The microscopic cyclospora parasite, when ingested, can cause cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness, according to the FDA. Detroit Free Press, "Del Monte recalls vegetable trays in Michigan, 5 other states," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of cyclospora

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyclospora

New Latin, from cycl- + spora spore

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cy·​clo·​spora | \ ˌsī-klō-ˈspȯr-ə\

Medical Definition of cyclospora

1 capitalized : a genus of coccidian protozoans that produce an oocyst containing two sporocysts with each sporocyst containing two sporozoites and that include one (C. cayetanensis) causing diarrhea in humans
2 : a protozoan of the genus Cyclospora

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