Cryptosporidium

Cryptosporidium Definition

Cryptosporidium (Cryptosporidiosis) - diarrheal disease caused by Cryptosporidium genus parasites. The disease and the parasite are commonly known as "Crypto." Cryptosporidium affects people and animals, and the parasite is resistant to many forms of disinfection. Cryptosporidium can be transmitted in several different ways, most commonly by contact with contaminated or unclean water. Cryptosporidium is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease.

Cryptosporidium Symptoms

Cryptosporidium is unique in its survival, lifecycle and the way it infects a person. Cryptosporidium is a coccidian protozoan parasite. The life cycle of Cryptosporidium is complex.There are six distinct developmental stages, beginning with the moment the Cryptosporidium parasite is ingested.:

. People infected with cryptosporidiosis differ between immunocompetent and immunocompromised individuals. Immunocompetent patients have acute cryptosporidiosis but self-limiting diarrheal illness (1-2 weeks) with accompanying sympoms Immunocompromised patients experience more severe symptoms: