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Stomach bug Cyclosporiasis info to protect yourself

The stomach bug Cyclosporiasis is becoming widespread. Proper treatment may involve antibiotics.
The stomach bug Cyclosporiasis is becoming widespread. Proper treatment may involve antibiotics.
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The stomach bug Cyclosporiasis is becoming more prevalent, sickening people and spreading misery.

Cyclosporiasis is a one celled parasite that is usually transmitted via contaminated water, or fresh fruits, or fresh vegetables. This parasite causes uncomfortable and sometimes painful gastric symptoms.

The precise culprit is still a mystery. But health officials are confident that the carrier transmitting this stomach bug will soon be found.

Health officials believe this outbreak originated in Iowa last month, but other states are also reporting Cyclosporiasis infection.

In just a few short weeks, this parasite has sickened hundreds of people. Several people have required hospitalization.

Cyclosporiasis Symptoms

Most people develop uncomfortable, yet manageable gastric symptoms, and fully recover within a few days.

The most common symptom is watery diarrhea that may become explosive. Other possible symptoms of Cyclosporiasis may or may not include:

  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low grade fever
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea alternating with constipation

Be Careful With Over The Counter Treatments

Concerning most gastric illnesses, diarrhea is nature's way of helping the body eliminate the parasite causing the illness.

That's why, in some cases, taking an over the counter anti-diarrhea medication may only serve to worsen the sickness. Such medication should only be taken as prescribed by a qualified doctor.

Therefore, concerning any person who experiencing a stomach bug that causes diarrhea, it’s best to seek the advice from a qualified physician before taking any over the counter medication.

Healthy Adults

Healthy adults who experience diarrhea lasting more than 24 - 48 hours should see a doctor for treatment. Upon diarrhea developing, it’s crucial to drink lots of fluids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol.

Drinking water is always recommended. In addition, beverages such as Gatorade, Pediolyte. etc. may help to restore electrolyte imbalances caused by diarrhea.

Children, Elderly or Compromised Immune Symptom

Those who are exposed to the stomach bug Cyclosporiasis with a compromised immune symptom, the very young, and the elderly, all are at greater risk of developing complications usually resulting from dehydration. Under such circumstances, a doctor's visit is warranted to receive proper treatment.


The stomach bug Cyclosporiasis is generally transmitted through contaminated water and food, mainly fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. Therefore it’s best to thoroughly wash all fresh fruits and vegetables before consuming.

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