Orlando, FL, September 22nd, 2014
According to WJXT Jacksonville News, health officials are on high alert for a gastrointestinal illness caused by the Cryptosporidium protozoan that’s affecting children across Northeast Florida. There have been 1,142 probable cases of Cryptosporidium illnesses reported since January 1, 2014, including 66 instances in Duval according to another Florida news outlet.
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Cryptosporidium is an intestinal parasite that has a fecal-oral transmission route. It is found in water, food, soil, or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from an infected person or animal. Millions of these parasites can be released in a bowel movement from an infected human. It is spread by hands contaminated after changing a diaper or after having a bowel movement. From contaminated hands, the parasites can then be transferred to food, surfaces, and toys. Infection occurs when putting something in your mouth or swallowing something that has come into contact with feces contaminated with Cryptosporidium.
“It is very important to wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after having a bowel movement in order to help prevent cross-contamination,” stated Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “For certain pathogenic organisms like Cryptosporidium, hand sanitizers are not recommended since they are resistant to common disinfection agents.”
Symptoms may include severe, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, dehydration, nausea, vomiting and fever for 72 hours or more. Some individuals infected by Cryptosporidium may show no signs of illness at all. It is most commonly found in children who are still wearing diapers.
EMSL offers testing for Cryptosporidium, waterborne pathogens and rapid testing for fecal contamination using PCR. To learn more, please visit www.AquaticMicrobiologyLab.com or www.EMSL.com, email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675. For service questions, please contact Diane Miskowski for expert information at 1-800-220-3675 extension 2528.
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