What We’re Reading – Cyclospora Edition

By Jessica Monmaney, Associate Specialist, Food Safety and Infectious Diseases, APHL

What We’re Reading – Cyclospora Edition | www.aphlblog.org

Cyclosporiasis, the infection of Cyclospora, is rare in the U.S., so when the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) found six cases from June 28th to July 3rd (after experiencing only ten cases prior to 2013) the state issued an alert that there was a possible outbreak. As of this morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the most recent total of illnesses has reached 504 confirmed cases across 16 states and New York City*. (Check CDC’s website for the most up-to-date numbers).Thanks to the heroic efforts of laboratorians and epidemiologists at IDPH from the start of the outbreak, the source of the illnesses has been identified in Iowa and Nebraska, though investigations continue in the remaining 14 states and New York City. Below, you’ll find a list of articles we’ve been reading this week to stay informed on the progress of these investigations.

*The number of states refers to the number of state health departments reporting cases. In this case, there are 16 state health departments plus the New York City health department which reports directly to CDC. New York state is also included as one of the 16 states reporting.

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