Australia – Sydney area reports rise in cryptosporidium

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The South Western Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit is advising people who have had diarrhoea not to swim in pools until at least two weeks after they have fully recovered following an increase in the number of cases of cryptosporidiosis notified to the Public Health Unit.

Cryptosporidium life cycle/CDC
Cryptosporidium life cycle/CDC

There have been 71 cases of cryptosporidiosis notified to the Public Health Unit to date this year (as of 12 March 2017). The highest rates of infection are in children under 5 years of age, Dr Madhumati Chatterji, Acting Director, Public Health Unit said.

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