A Cyclospora infection, or Cyclosporiasis, is an intestinal illness that afflicts those who have consumed a microscopic parasite known as Cyclospora cayetanensis. In most cases, this occurs after consuming food or water that has been contaminated with the parasite. For this reason, those who travel in tropical regions are more at risk of infection, as cyclosporiasis is endemic in these areas, although it is possible to become infected in the U.S. through the consumption of contaminated produce like basil, raspberries, snow peas, cilantro, and certain types of lettuces that have been imported from these regions. If you or a loved one are suffering from this illness, you may be able to collect compensation from the restaurant, retailer, or grocer who supplied you with the contaminated food. Please contact a member of our personal injury legal team to learn more.
The time that it takes for someone to become infected and then begin experiencing symptoms of Cyclospora is around a week, at which point, a person can expect to begin suffering from the following side effects:
- Appetite loss;
- Stomach pain and cramps;
- Fatigue; and
- Weight loss.
It is also not uncommon for those infected with Cyclospora to suffer from flu-like symptoms, such as vomiting, body aches, headache, and fever. Although it depends on the health of the person infected, those suffering from Cyclospora could continue to experience symptoms anywhere from a few days to a month. In some cases, symptoms may seem to go away, only to return later.
Diagnosing and Treating Cyclospora Infections
Cyclospora can only be diagnosed through the testing of stool samples provided by the patient. These laboratory tests are extensive and not usually conducted, so it may be necessary to specifically ask a health professional to test for this infection. Once diagnosed, patients are usually given a dose of two types of antibiotics, known as Bactrim and Septra. Drinking fluids and rest are also recommended.
Unfortunately it is not uncommon for some patients to be allergic to sulfa-based drugs like Bactrim and Septra and as no highly effective alternative drugs have yet been identified that can treat Cyclospora infection, these individuals are often forced to suffer through weeks of uncomfortable symptoms or seek out specialists. These treatments can be expensive, which can be frustrating for those who were infected after purchasing a contaminated product. Fortunately, those who can demonstrate that their illness came from a specific source could collect compensation to cover these costs. This is because the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the food industry to comply with certain health standards, and when companies fail to do so, they can be held accountable in court.
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If you were recently diagnosed with a Cyclospora infection and have questions about your legal options, please call Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. at 737-201-0543. Initial consultations are conducted free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call or contact our legal team online.