The organism that would come to be known as Cyclospora cayetanensis was independently discovered and reported at least five times from 1979 to 1993. The first acknowledged recognition of the organism was in 1979, when Ashford reported three cases of diarrhea associated with a previously unrecognized organism, which he postulated to be a coccidian. The article included photographs that later confirmed the identity of C cayentanensis in retrospect [
]. The report received little attention, and only came to light in retrospect when C cayetanensis was rediscovered a decade later. The next known report of the organism was in an abstract published in 1986 by Rosemary Soave [
- Ashford R.W.
Occurrence of an undescribed coccidian in man in Papua New Guinea.
Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 1979; 73: 497-500
], who described what she thought was a new, pathogenic coccidian.
- Soave R.
- Dubey J.P.
- Ramos L.J.
- Tummings M.
A new intestinal pathogen.
Clin Res. 1986; 34 ([abstract]?): 533A
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