Cryptosporidium

Cryptosporidium

Definition By Mayo Clinic staff:

Cryptosporidium infection (cryptosporidiosis) is a gastrointestinal disease whose primary symptom is diarrhea. The illness begins when the tiny cryptosporidium parasites enter your body and travel to your small intestine. Cryptosporidium (krip-toe-spo-RID-ee-um) then begins its life cycle inside your body — burrowing into the walls of your intestines and then later being shed in your feces.

In most healthy people, a cryptosporidium infection produces a bout of watery diarrhea and the infection usually goes away within a week or two. If you have a compromised immune system, a cryptosporidium infection can become life-threatening without proper treatment.

You can help prevent cryptosporidium by practicing good hygiene and by avoiding drinking water that hasn’t been boiled or filtered.

September 13, 2014 in Water Borne Illnesses | Read more »

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