Cyclospora cayetanensis

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MICROBIOLOGY

  • Single-celled coccidian parasite, first reported causing human disease in 1979.
  • Member of family Eimeriidae, subclass Coccidiasina, subphylum Apicomplexa.
    • Humans appear to be only known to have C. cayetanensis.
    • Other members (13) of Cyclospora found in animals including rodents, vipers.
    • 7.7-9.9 µm in diameter in stool appears as a sphere with morula within.
  • Can be responsible for water- or food-borne outbreaks.

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Last updated: May 4, 2019