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Cryptosporidiosis is an infection caused by a tiny parasite called Cryptosporidium. It spreads when people eat or drink contaminated things, or put their hands or objects contaminated with the parasite in their mouth. It can also spread by being near farm animals or drinking untreated water or milk.
The parasite can live for a long time in water that has chlorine in it, like swimming pool water. If someone accidentally drinks contaminated water, they can get sick too.
Symptoms of Cryptosporidiosis include stomach pain, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting. They can last for about a week, but sometimes they last up to 28 days. Even after someone feels better, they can still spread the parasite for a few weeks.
Unfortunately, there's no special medicine to treat Cryptosporidiosis, but most people feel better by themselves. If someone you know is infected, make sure they stay isolated until two days after they feel better. Also, remember to wash your hands often and clean your kitchen and bathroom often too. Don't share towels and if you have Cryptosporidiosis, don't go swimming for at least 14 days after your last episode of diarrhea.
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