Cryptosporidium Parasite Found in UK Drinking Water

Cryptosporidium is a parasite causing cryptosporidiosis, recently found in Brixham, UK, leading to a diarrhea outbreak. The parasite spreads through contaminated water, person-to-person contact, and animals. Symptoms include stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting, lasting about two weeks. Preventive measures include proper hand washing, avoiding untreated water, and isolating symptomatic individuals. The UK Health Security Agency is investigating and promoting public awareness to prevent further cases. Cryptosporidiosis can be particularly severe for immunocompromised individuals, highlighting the need for vigilance and preventive actions.

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