An infection of Cryptosporidium Parvum needs to be handled diligently – depending on local rules and regulations. It is very common to get symptoms from this parasite, such as watery diarrhea, but also stomach cramps and pains, vomiting, fever, weight loss, nausea and dehydration. It can be life threatening for people with a compromised immune system.
It is highly efficient in spreading disease, and only 10 germs can be enough to get an infection. A bowel movement can have between 10 million to 100 million cryptosporidium germs in it. Cryptosporidium usually takes 2-10 days to incubate and show symptoms.
Cryptosporidium can be spread by swimming pools – it is known to withstand chlorine for long periods. Another way is to touch your mouth with contaminated hands.
People who are most likely to become infected with Cryptosporidium include the following:
Testing for Cryptosporidium is included in a few of our tests – and can be added to any other test when wanted.
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