|Source of Cyclospora in Water: Cyclospora cayetanensis is a tiny parasite found in the fecal matter of infected humans. Cyclospora can be ingested by consuming contaminated drinking water or food that has been exposed to contaminated water either in fields or through the harvest process. Travelers to tropical and subtropical regions should be aware that cyclospora in drinking water can be a threat. However, the FDA and the CDC are currently investigating an outbreak of this parasite which has caused at least 400 cases of infection in 17 different states, including Texas, New York, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio. Investigators are blaming bagged salad sold in restaurants for the 2013 outbreak. |
Symptoms of Cyclospora in Water: When ingested, cyclospora causes cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection, that can often be very painful. Symptoms can include watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and possibly a low-grade fever. If not treated, symptoms could last several weeks, a month, or more. The CDC advises that antibiotics and medical help will be needed to alleviate the effects of the infection.
Filtration Solutions for Cyclospora: The best way to prevent the ingestion of cyclospora parasites is to wash all produce with clean, filtered water. Cyclospora is larger than cryptosporidium, another well-known parasite. A 1 micron absolute carbon filtration system will reduce the presence of cyclospora, giving you clean, great tasting water. Listed below are some cyclospora water treatment options. Contact our Certified Water Specialists at 1-877-335-3339 for help selecting the perfect water filtration system.