Public health officials want to make the public aware of a recent outbreak of an intestinal illness.
83 cases of Cyclospora are being investigated across Canada, and the Public Health Agency says that two poeple have been hospitalized from the parasite.
No deaths have been reported.
Cases of the illness were diagnosed between May 9th and July 18th. The infections are mainly in Ontario, but some cases have sprouted in BC, Alberta, and Quebec.
The source of this outbreak is unknown, but past outbreaks have been linked to various types of imported produce, including pre-packaged salad mix, basil, cilantro, berries, mesclun lettuce and snow peas.
Cyclospora is generally low-risk for the majority of the population and can be cured with antibiotics. People with weakened immune systems, children, and the elderly are the most at risk of developing complications.
Symptoms include diarrhea, loss of appetite, and stomach cramps.
Ways to avoid contracting the illness include cleaning and properly storing fruits and vegetables.