Cryptosporidiosis is a disease. You can get it by swallowing the Cryptosporidium parasite. The disease can give you diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Contact your doctor if you have a weakened immune system and you get symptoms.
Cryptosporidium is found in the faeces (poo or bowel motions) of infected humans and animals. You can get infected if you swallow the parasite.
Activities that spread the disease include:
You are most infectious (able to infect someone else) when you have diarrhoea. However, you can still infect someone for several days after your symptoms have stopped.
You are more likely to get infected with
Cryptosporidium if you:
You are at risk of more serious disease if you have a weakened immune system. You should contact your doctor if you get symptoms.
Cryptosporidium survives for many days, even in chlorinated pools.
To avoid catching cryptosporidiosis:
If you visit a developing country, you should follow the above steps and also:
If you have cryptosporidiosis you should:
If your child has diarrhoea, keep them home from preschool, playgroup, early childhood or day care. Do this until 24 hours after their diarrhoea has completely stopped.
Your doctor will check if you have cryptosporidiosis through a stool test. Your doctor will organise this for you.
A stool test finds germs such as parasites in your poo that can make you sick.
There is no specific treatment or medicine.
You should drink lots of fluids such as water. This will help you not become dehydrated (when you don’t have enough liquids in your body).
Children with diarrhoea should be kept home and not attend preschool, playgroup, early childhood or day care. Do this until 24 hours after their diarrhoea has completely stopped.