Cyclospora increase reported in the UK, Many linked to Mexico travel
For the third year in a row, the United Kingdom is reporting an increase in the parasitic infection, cyclosporiasis since May, according to a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report Friday.
Since the beginning of the year, the UK has seen 58 cases, with at least more than half linked to overseas travel.
Like in previous years, a large proportion of cases are identified in travelers returning from Mexico, particularly from the Riviera Maya and Cancun regions.
Infections amongst these travelers are considered mostly foodborne and do not appear to be associated with contaminated water consumption or hygiene failures.
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single celled coccidian parasite. Cyclosporiasis occurs in many countries, but it seems to be most common in tropical and subtropical regions.