August 1996 Issue

Exotic Parasite Emerges as Potential Threat

If you have recently experienced several days of diarrhea and flu-like symptoms, you may have been hit with a Cyclospora infection. Cyclospora is a little-known microscopic parasite recognized in this country only since 1977. Until now, most infections in the U.S. have occurred in people who traveled to tropical countries. Since May, however, about 1,000 people have been stricken with the exotic parasite in at least 10 states -- Connecticut, Florida, Illinois,

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