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Cryptosporidium

By August 1, 2008

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Crypto - Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MDWhile most people have been worried about the recent Salmonella outbreak, another infection has been spreading this summer, but has gotten far less attention.

Cryptosporidiosis, an infection with the Cryptosporidium or crypto parasite, can follow drinking contaminated water and often leads to a few weeks of diarrhea, stomach cramps, and nausea. It most commonly occurs in the summer months in outbreaks from contaminated swimming pool water at water parks and community pools.

Although a few cases here and there are considered usual, this summer, there are already outbreaks in North Texas and Arizona, which follows a large outbreak in Utah last year.

Learn about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of crypto infections.

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Comments
August 2, 2008 at 10:11 am
(1) Alexander says:

Wow. Sounds pretty annoying for a parasite. Hope the outbreak doesn’t spread to the northeast.

August 2, 2008 at 10:19 am
(2) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

Hope the outbreak doesn’t spread to the northeast.

It doesn’t seem to be spreading to the north east US so far this year. It can go anywhere though. There was an outbreak at a spray park in Seneca Lake State Park in New York in 2005 that got more than 4,000 people sick.

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