Cryptosporidiosis

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Epidemiology of Cryptosporidiosis

Infectious agent

Cryptosporidium Parvum

Identifying Characteristic

Pear shaped

reservoir

Humans and domestic animals

MOT

ATM Auto-infect
**fecally contaminated water or food

Life cycle

Host ingest oocyst in feces

Incubation period

1-12 days ( 7 avg)

Pathogenicity

GI, Bilary and respiratory track

S/s

A-symtomatic Infections are common
Profuse watery diarrhea

Period of communicability

Remains infectious in moist envro for 2-6 months or longer

DX

ID OOCYST in DOO DOO smear

TX

Rehydration due to loss of fluids

Susceptibility and resistance

Healthy ppl are asymptomatic
Imm Comp ppl and sick until the source is gone

MOC

Edu
boil h2o for a min

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