Cryptosporidiosis

ZOONOTIC CONCERN

Cause: Cryptosporidium parvum

Occurrence in Animals: Primarily young cattle, also in other species

Source in Animals: Feces

Exposure: Accidental ingestion

Symptoms:

  • ANIMALS:
    • Diarrhea
    • Animals without clinical signs may shed the organism
  • HUMANS:
    • Diarrhea

Precautions:

  • Good personal hygiene:
    • WASH HANDS¬†after handling animals and their environment
    • No eating, no drinking, no smoking around the animals
  • Wear gloves when in contact with fecal material
  • Organism can persist for several months in the environment
  • Barn clothes and boots can carry microorganisms to other areas

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