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Cyclospora Infection (Cyclosporiasis) (cont.)

What Are the Possible Complications of Cyclospora Infection?

Usually, there are few complications that occur from Cyclospora infections. However, such complications as relapsing illness, malabsorption, cholecystitis, and Reiter's syndrome (reactive arthritis) have been reported. In addition, severe diarrhea may lead to dehydration and electrolyte problems in patients.

How Can I Prevent Cyclospora Infection?

According to the CDC, the best way to avoid or prevent Cyclospora infections is by avoiding foods and liquids (water) that have been contaminated with human feces. The CDC further advises that by following the published guidelines for food growers and food packagers, the chances for Cyclospora infections are substantially reduced. Compliance with such guidelines is expected in this country, but larger outbreaks are most commonly due to imported products. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available to prevent Cyclospora infections.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Cyclosporiasis FAQs." Jan. 10, 2013. <

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Investigation of an Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis in the United States." Aug. 8, 2013. <>.

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