Cyclospora outbreak: Canadian health officials warn of parasite causing illnesses

Canada is grappling with an outbreak of Cyclospora infections with a total of 51 cases reported in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says that people became sick between May and July this year. The majority of the cases were male, with an average age of 49 years old. In one instance, the illness was so severe, the victim had to be hospitalized.

What is cyclospora?

Cyclospora is a microscopic single-celled parasite that is passed in people’s feces, according to PHAC officials.

“If it comes in contact with food or water, it can infect the people who consume it. This causes an intestinal illnesses called cyclosporiasis,” the federal agency said in its public health notice.

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