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Cryptosporidiosis

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites. The parasite commonly is found in drinking water and recreational water in every region of the United States and throughout the world. Cryptosporidium lives in the intestine of infected humans and animals. Cryptosporidium can also be found in soil, food, water, or surfaces in contact with infection. If a person swallows the parasite they become infected. Common symptom is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include: dehydration, weight loss, stomach cramps or pains, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Some people with crypto may not have any symptoms at all. Generally symptoms occur two days after contraction

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