Date Sent: 08/08/2017 03:14 PM EDT
Sender: Michigan Health Alert Network
Subject: CDC HAN 405 Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, 2017
On August 7th, CDC issued the attached Health Advisory providing broad notification to health departments and healthcare facilities of a national increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis in 2017. This increase is also being observed in Michigan. MDHHS continues to work with Macomb County Health Department and health departments in the surrounding area to investigate cases of cyclosporiasis (reference HAN issued 8/2/2017).
MDHHS reminds clinicians that testing for Cyclospora may not be routinely done, even when stool is tested for parasites. Healthcare providers must specifically order testing for Cyclospora, whether testing is requested by ova and parasite (O&P) examination, by molecular methods, or by a gastrointestinal pathogen panel test. Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; healthcare providers should report suspect and confirmed cases of infection to public health authorities.
To facilitate testing for Cyclospora, stool samples should be collected in formalin for microscopy and zinc PVA for any potential molecular testing.
Please distribute this message widely in your provider networks and contact your local health department or the MDHHS Communicable Disease Division (517/335-8165) with any questions or for more information.