cy·​clo·​spo·​ra | \ ˌsī-klō-ˈspȯr-ə How to pronounce cyclospora (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web An outbreak of intestinal illness linked to eating McDonald's salads contaminated with a cyclospora parasite sickened more than 500 of the chain's customers in the summer of 2018. CBS News, "Cows linked to E. coli lettuce outbreaks that sickened nearly 200," 22 May 2020 Four cases of cyclospora required hospitalization, none of which were in Minnesota. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Contaminated basil sickens 35 at restaurants in Rochester, Duluth," 26 July 2019 This month the company had to find a new supplier for its salads at some 3,000 restaurants mostly in the Midwest because of a cyclospora outbreak tied to McDonald’s. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "McDonald’s Revenue Falls as Company Sells Restaurants to Franchisees," 26 July 2018 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

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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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“Cyclospora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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