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Cryptosporidiosis is an infection by the Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite that may be transmitted by ingesting food, water, or feces containing the parasite. You may also become infected if you touch your mouth after using the toilet without properly washing your hands. People suffering from cryptosporidiosis often report watery diarrhea. Common symptoms are:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of weight
While diarrhea may be a result of other gastrointestinal infections, consult your physician if it lasts more than a couple of days, especially if it is watery and accompanied by one or more of the aforementioned symptoms. Infected persons often recover without medication, as the self-resolving infection usually disappears within 2 weeks. However, individuals with a compromised immune system may suffer complications and should consult their health care professional as soon as they experience symptoms. Good toilet hygiene, washing hands regularly, and drinking only potable water are some ways to reduce your chances of getting infected.