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Feb, 8, 2024

Vernal, UT – TriCounty Health Department (TCHD) is seeing an increase in Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto) case rates. This rate increase indicates a need for precautionary measures to be implemented in the community to prevent a future outbreak.

 

Crypto is a diarrheal disease caused by a parasite called Cryptosporidium. This parasite is commonly found in drinking and recreational water (e.g., water in swimming pools). It can be contracted by swallowing water that is contaminated with Crypto, eating undercooked food, and it can even be contracted and spread by animals.

 

Symptoms of Cryptosporidiosis include watery diarrhea, dehydration, lack of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain or cramps, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms usually begin 2 to 10 days after becoming infected and last about 1 to 2 weeks in people with healthy immune systems.

 

Anyone can contract Crypto, but people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for having life-threatening symptoms. Those who are immunocompromised should seek further guidance from their healthcare providers.

 

TCHD is working with our community partners to ensure that proper precautions are being taken to minimize the spread of Crypto. 

 

Residents can prevent Crypto with frequent hand washing, especially after handling pets, regular disinfecting, and by avoiding undercooked food. TCHD reminds the public that if you currently have diarrhea, wait two weeks before going swimming. 

 

For more information about Cryptosporidiosis, visit the Center for Disease Control Website, consult with your healthcare provider, or call TCHD. 

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