MILLER COUNTY, Mo. – A health provider in Miller County has confirmed another case of Cyclospora in Missouri. The announcement brings the total number of cases to four in Missouri. Previous cases were announced in Jackson County, Taney County and the Kansas City metro area according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The department is investigating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with others to determine whether or not these cases are linked to ones in other states. At present, the source of the illness has not been confirmed in Missouri. The CDC is investigating 535 cases between 18 different states and New York City.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, Cyclospora is acquired when someone ingests food or water that is contaminated with the single cell parasite, Cyclospora cayetanensis. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, vomiting and loss of appetite.
Previous cases of Cyclospora reported in Iowa and Nebraska were linked to bagged salad mix found at Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants.