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Pronunciation: si'klo-spor'a

Definition: A Cryptosporidium-like genus of coccidian parasites reported from millipedes, reptiles, insectivores, and a rodent species. Cyclospora is characterized by acid-fast oocysts with two sporocysts, each with two sporozoites. Cyclospora is implicated as the cause of a widespread, prolonged but self-limited human diarrhea in patients in the Americas, Caribbean countries, Southeast Asia, and eastern Europe previously reported as caused by Cyanobacterium-like bodies. C. cayetanensis is the species type.

Synonym(s): Cyanobacterium-like bodies

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