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Cryptosporidiosis is a parasitic disease caused by a genus of protozoan parasites. It mainly affects children, mainly affecting the distal small intestine and respiratory tract. It usually occurs as asymptomatic infection, an acute infection (lasts less than 2 weeks) or a chronic infection. Common symptoms of intestinal Cryptosporidiosis are moderate to severe diarrhea, low-grade fever, crampy abdominal pain, dehydration, weight loss, fatigue, and nausea. For respiratory Cryptosporidiosis, symptoms are inflammation of the nasal mucosa, nasal discharge, hoarseness of voice, shortness of breath and fever
HOW IS CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis will be conducted by a general physician or a specialist from the Pulmonary department. The blood samples of the patient will be studied in the lab with methods including microscopy and acid fast staining in order to detect antibodies. The stool sample will also be studied in a similar fashion.
HOW IS CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS TREATED?
The treatment of the ailment will be done with the help of rehydration to replenish some lost fluid due to the persistent loose motions. Also, other symptoms like fever and fatigue will be treated. Antibiotics are generally prescribed by most doctors along with zinc supplements.
DID YOU KNOW?
This acute infection usually comes with fever and lasts about two weeks.