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Cryptosporidiosis

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Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhoeal disease caused by microscopic parasites called Cryptosporidium.

The Cryptosporidium parasites are found in the faeces of infected humans or animals such as cattle, sheep, dogs, cats, birds and fish. The parasite is one of the most common causes of waterborne disease in humans around the world.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about cryptosporidiosis.

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SA Health (Cryptosporidium infection), Healthy WA (Cryptosporidium infection (Cryptosporidiosis))

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Last reviewed: February 2020


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Cryptosporidiosis fact sheet - Fact sheets

Cryptosporidiosis is a disease caused by swallowing the Cryptosporidium parasite. It mainly causes diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

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Outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis have been associated with child care centres, public swimming pools and contaminated water supplies.

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A secure and safe supply of drinking water is fundamental to public health. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011 provide a solid foundation for assessing drinking water quality.

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When you have diarrhoea that lasts more than a few days and/or have blood or mucus in your loose stools, especially if you have drunk unpurified water or have travelled recently

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