Reports of ‘Crypto’ increasing across Jasper County
In recent weeks, Jasper County Public Health has received a growing number of reports of Cryptosporidiosis, or “Crypto” for short.
Cryptosporidium is a parasite that causes diarrhea in both animals and humans. As of early August, cases had been reported in about half of Iowa’s 99 counties, already exceeding the total number reported cases for 2012.
Crypto is a disease caused by a parasite that results in watery diarrhea, sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and low-grade fever. The parasite can cause disease in both humans and animals.
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