Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite that infects the small intestine. When a person gets sick from this infection it is called cyclosporiasis.
Over the last number of years, B.C. has experienced an increase in the number of cyclospora infections, except for 2008 when there was a significant decrease in the number of cases: 32 cases, down from 58 in 2007.
Most infections are linked to travel to other countries, but locally-acquired infections have increased in recent years. Outbreaks of locally-acquired disease tend to occur in the late spring/early summer and have been linked to the consumption of contaminated, imported fresh produce, especially leafy green vegetables, fresh herbs, raspberries and blackberries.