Cryptosporidiosis

crypto is an infectious disease.

Cause

Crypto is a diarrheal disease caused by a microscopic parasite called Cryptosporidium.

Transmission

Crypto is found in the feces of humans and animals that are infected. People become infected by ingesting cryptosporidium parasites. The disease usually spreads from infected people with diarrhea, people with bad personal hygiene, children with diapers, and drinking recreational water.

Some symptoms of the disease:

  • stomach cramps/pains
  • dehydration
  • diarrhea
  • nausea/vomiting
  • fever
  • weightloss

Treatment

It is possible to recover without treatment if you have a strong immune system. The diarrhea can be managed by staying hydrated or taking medication for diarrhea. Nitazoxanide is an FDA approved medicine for diarrhea caused by cryptosporidium.

Preventing the disease

You can try preventing the disease by maintaining good hygiene. Wash your hands before and after eating and after changing a diaper or going to the bathroom. Make sure your water is not contaminated and try not to go swimming in public areas. Handle pets and farm animals carefully.
Cryptosporidium: What You Should Know
The word "crypto" derives from the greek work "hidden." Crypto cannot be killed by chlorine, alcohol or hand sanitizers. 95% of cases go undiagnosed and unreported. It is a lot easier to catch crypto if you can HIV/AIDs.
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