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Cryptosporidium (Crypto)

The disease is spread through feces, due to reproduction of the nearly dozens of species of one celled cryptosporidium parasite in your intestines.


Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease Cryptosporidiosis. The parasite is surrounded by an outer shell that allows it to stay outside the body for long periods of time. It is very tolerant to chlorine disinfectant, so it is most commonly spread through local/ communal pools.

Diagnosis: Examinations of stool samples using a modified acid-fast based staining culture.

Target Audience

It can be spread to anyone, by anyone with the disease.