Prevention of cyclosporiasis (Cyclospora)

Learn how cyclosporiasis can be prevented.

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How can cyclosporiasis be prevented?

When travelling to a country where Cyclospora is found, you can reduce your risk by:

  • avoiding food that has been washed in local drinking water
  • drinking water from a safe source
  • eating:
    • cooked food
    • fruit that you can peel yourself

It can be hard to prevent cyclosporiasis. This is because washing produce does not always get rid of the Cyclospora parasite that causes the illness. You can reduce your risk by:

  • following safe food handling practices for produce on a daily basis
  • cooking produce imported from countries where Cyclospora is found
  • consuming fresh produce grown in Canada, especially during the spring and summer months when an increase in non-travel related cases of Cyclospora are reported in Canada.

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