Cyclospora is an infection of the bowel caused by a tiny parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis. It is usually caught from eating raw fruit and vegetables contaminated with human faeces (poo).
Traveller's diarrhoea , which can often be severe, is the most common symptom of cyclospora. Symptoms usuallyappear about a week after catching the parasite.
Other symptoms can include:
Less common symptoms include vomiting, body aches, headache , fever and other flu-like symptoms .
Although these symptoms are often unpleasant, cyclospora doesn't usually pose a serious threat to health and can be easily treated using antibiotics .
Some people with cyclospora don't have any symptoms. These areusually peoplewho've grown up in a developing country and been previously exposed to the parasite.
Find out what cyclospora is, what causes it, the symptoms, who'sat risk and how it's treated.
People travelling to tropical or subtropical countries may be at increased risk of infection because cyclosporais common in many developing countries. Most of the cases reported in England and Wales
Cyclospora is caught by consumingfood especially raw berries, herbs and salad items or water contaminated with human faeces (poo) carrying theparasite. The parasite lives inthe poo. You can't catch c
Ifcyclospora isn't treated, the illness may last from a few days to a monthor longer. Symptoms may seem to go away and then return more than once. It'scommon to feel very tired. If you think you have
The following hygiene measures will help reduce your risk of catchingcyclospora when travellingto affected areas: wash your hands (with soap and water) after going to the toilet wash hands before p