Cryptosporidium is a singled celled parasite which can cause illness if ingested.
This illness can come from various sources including:
Infection is frequently associated with foreign travel.
While any one can be infected by the parasite, it tends to occur in children between the age of 1 to 5 years. Most individuals will make a full recovery from food poisoning caused by cryptosporidiosis; those that are vulnerable, such as people with low immune systems can suffer more.
Symptoms can include:
If you think that you are suffering from food poisoning, it is important that you visit your GP to obtain a firm diagnosis with samples being sent for testing to confirm the bacteria which has caused the problem.