I have been diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, should I worry about spreading the infection to others?
Yes, Cryptosporidium can be very contagious. Infected
individuals should follow these guidelines to avoid spreading the disease to
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the
toilet, after changing diapers, and before eating or preparing food.
- Do not swim in recreational water (pools, hot tubs, lakes, rivers, oceans,
etc.) if you have cryptosporidiosis and for at least 2 weeks after the diarrhea
stops. You can pass Crypto in your stool and contaminate water for several weeks
after your symptoms have ended. You do not even need to have a fecal accident in
the water. Immersion in the water may be enough for contamination to occur.
Water contaminated in this manner has resulted in outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis
among recreational water users.
Note: You may not be protected in a chlorinated recreational water venue
(e.g., swimming pool, water park, splash pad, spray park) because
Cryptosporidium is chlorine-resistant and can live for days in chlorine-treated
- Avoid sexual practices that might result in oral exposure to stool (e.g.,
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a weakened immune system.
- Children with diarrhea should be excluded from child care settings until the
diarrhea has stopped.
REFERENCE:Last Editorial Review: 11/2/2010
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases
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