Cinnaminson, NJ, October 11, 2013 -- Cryptosporidium lives in the intestine of infected humans and animals. It is a microscopic parasite that may be found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from an infected host. Cryptosporidiosis is the name of the diarrheal disease caused by Cryptosporidium and both the disease and the organism are commonly referred to as 'Crypto.'
An infected person or animal sheds the parasites in their stool. In fact, millions of the parasites can be released in a bowel movement from an infected human or animal. Crypto forms cysts that are protected by an outer shell allowing them to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes them very resistant to chlorine-based disinfectants.
Crypto can be spread:
- By putting something in your mouth or accidentally swallowing something that has come into contact with waste infected with Crypto.
- By swallowing recreational water contaminated with Crypto.
- By consuming contaminated water or beverages.
- By eating uncooked food contaminated with Crypto.
- By touching your mouth with contaminated hands.
People in buildings that have suffered from a sanitary sewer overflow or due to a flooding event should be aware of this parasite. Child care workers who change diapers and healthcare workers may also be at risk.
“Some people with Crypto will have no symptoms at all,” reported Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology & Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “While the small intestine is the site most commonly affected, Crypto infections could possibly affect other areas of the digestive tract or the respiratory tract. EMSL offers testing services for Cryptosporidium and has recently sponsored an educational video to help educate the public about this health risk.”
To view the video please visit: http://youtu.be/RIFVlIrd8L0
To learn more about Cryptosporidium or other aquatic microbiology and environmental testing services, please visit www.AquaticMicrobiologyLab.com or visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of aquatic, environmental, indoor air quality and material testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.