Cryptosporidiosis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 4/7/2020

Cryptosporidiosis is a gastrointestinal disease. The disease spreads from person to person after the parasites have been shed into the environment. The organisms live in soil, food, water, or on surfaces contaminated with feces from infected humans or animals.

Signs and symptoms associated with cryptosporidiosis include

Some people may have the infection and not show symptoms. In people who do get signs and symptoms, they usually develop within 2-10 days after becoming infected with the parasite. The symptoms persist for about 1 to 2 weeks in most people.

Causes of cryptosporidiosis

Infection with a parasite known as Cryptosporidium causes cryptosporidiosis.

Other cryptosporidiosis symptoms and signs


Bowel regularity means a bowel movement every day. See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.