Michigan reports investigating Cryptosporidium illnesses


by NewsDesk Laugh

Michigan health officials and local health departments report investigating an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in residents in Livingston, Ingham, and Oakland counties.

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It is believed that the disease occurred after people came into contact with a group of sick calves. So far, a total of 12 people between the ages of 19 and 56 (one confirmed, four probable and seven suspected) have developed diarrhea and other symptoms between November 15 and 21.

cryptosporidium It is a parasite found in the feces of infected people or animals. Infected calves and other livestock can spread it even if they don’t look sick. If a person’s hands, drinking water, food, or recreational water is contaminated with small amounts of infected feces from either livestock or people, they may swallow the parasite and become ill. This parasite is not spread through properly cooked meat from animals, pasteurized milk, or dairy products.

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Symptoms in people include diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, fever, and weight loss, and can last for several weeks. Treatment is available, so it is important to seek medical attention if you have symptoms, especially if symptoms do not resolve quickly.

People can take the following steps to stay healthy when handling calves and other livestock:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water after touching calves and other livestock. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not work cryptosporidium.
  • Clean and disinfect items and surfaces that may contain droppings.
  • Avoid eating in areas with droppings from calves or other livestock.
  • Do not eat or drink raw milk or dairy products.
  • Have sick cattle evaluated by a veterinarian.

If you get sick:

  • Tell your healthcare provider about any contact with calves and other livestock.
  • Avoid cooking food for others for two weeks after symptoms stop.
  • Don’t go swimming until two weeks after symptoms stop.

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