Basic Summary for Cryptosporiosis


Main name of condition: Cryptosporiosis
Other names or spellings: Cryptosporidiosis, Crypto, Cryptosporidium, Cryptosporidia

What is Cryptosporiosis?
  Brief description of Cryptosporiosis: Contagious parasitic digestive infection
  Parent types of Cryptosporiosis: Digestive Diseases, Sudden Digestive Conditions, Digestive Infection, Sudden, Zoonotic Diseases, Food poisoning, Diseases contagious from contaminated water, Stomach Conditions
  Organs Affected by Cryptosporiosis: stomach, digestive
How many people get Cryptosporiosis?
  Incidence (annual) of Cryptosporiosis: 2,361 annual cases notified in USA 1999 (MMWR 1999)
  Incidence Rate of Cryptosporiosis: approx 1 in 115,205 or 0.00% or 2,360 people in USA [about data]
  Undiagnosed prevalence of Cryptosporiosis: 0.5 to 2 million undiagnosed cases each year
  Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Cryptosporiosis: approx 1 in 544 or 0.18% or 500,000 people in USA [about data]
What causes Cryptosporiosis?
  Class of Condition for Cryptosporiosis: parasite
  Risk factors for Cryptosporiosis: see risk factors for Cryptosporiosis
What are the symptoms of Cryptosporiosis?
  Incubation period for Cryptosporiosis: Symptoms generally begin 2-10 days after being infected. 1
  Duration of Cryptosporiosis: often 5 to 10 days
  Duration of Cryptosporiosis: In persons with average immune systems, symptoms usually last about 2 weeks; the symptoms may go in cycles in which you may seem to get better for a few day, then feel worse before the illness ends.  2
  Symptoms of Cryptosporiosis: see symptoms of Cryptosporiosis
Can anyone else get Cryptosporiosis?
  More information: see contagiousness of Cryptosporiosis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Cryptosporiosis: see treatments for Cryptosporiosis
  Prevention of Cryptosporiosis: see prevention of Cryptosporiosis

1. excerpt from Cryptosporidiosis: DPD
2. excerpt from Preventing Cryptosporidiosis: A Guide for People with Compromised Immune Systems: DPD

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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