Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by a microscopic parasite. Cases are usually reported from May to August. Four cases have been reported in Maine between June 24 and July 7.
Maine CDC issued a Health Alert on July 8 to increase awareness among clinicians about cyclosporiasis and the need to specifically request testing for Cyclospora in patients with prolonged diarrheal illness. The Health Alert is available at http://go.usa.gov/XXDR
Cyclosporiasis is not a reportable condition in Maine due to the low number of cases in previous years (last known case in Maine resident in 2010). However, due to large numbers of cases in the United States in 2013, Maine CDC is requesting providers report cyclosporiasis cases as an unusual condition,
since it is not commonly seen in Maine residents.
For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/X9tF