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Acute Communicable Disease Control


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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
E-Mail:acdc2@ph.lacounty.gov
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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Cryptosporidiosis (cryp·to·spo·ri·di·o·sis)
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Cryptosporidiosis is transmitted by the fecal-oral route (for example, swallowing contaminated recreational/untreated water, eating raw or undercooked contaminated food) by ingestion of cysts of the parasite Cryptosporidium parvum. The usual incubation period is 2-10 days with typical symptoms of watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and low-grade fever; however, asymptomatic infection is also common. The symptoms last up to 2 weeks in healthy individuals. Those who have a weakened immune system may experience prolonged illness.

Immunocompromised individuals (e.g., HIV/AIDS patients, cancer patients, transplant patients), young children and pregnant women are at risk for more severe illness.



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