North Carolina State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, MD, MPH, recently sent a memo to all North Carolina clinicians alerting them to an increase in cyclospora infections and offering recommendations on diagnosis and treatment.
From May 1 to Aug. 2 of this year, 206 domestically-acquired Cyclospora infections were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 27 states, including 15 cases from North Carolina. This is compared to 88 cases nationally during the same period in 2016.
Clinicians should consider a diagnosis of cyclosporiasis in patients with prolonged or remitting-relapsing diarrheal illness. The CDC’s health alert can provide additional details. Read Dr. Moore’s memo.