Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite that infects the small intestine. When a person gets sick from this infection it is called cyclosporiasis.
Most infections are acquired during travel to countries where this parasite is endemic such as in Central and South America and Asia. However, nearly every year in the spring and summer, BC residents are affected by outbreaks of Cyclospora infection. These local outbreaks have been linked to eating contaminated, imported fresh produce, especially leafy green vegetables (e.g. lettuce), fresh herbs (e.g. basil and cilantro) and berries (e.g. raspberries and blackberries).